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  • What's Lew's to Do at Treasury? Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 1:37 PM ET
    Jacob Lew

    Bridge disputes in Congress on taxes and spending. Shrink budget deficits. Manage tense economic ties with China. Press Europe to reduce debts while fighting a recession. Defend the U.S. financial overhaul law. Prevent a global currency war. And those are just the obvious challenges.

  • Food Stamp Program Could Face Big Cuts Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 12:33 PM ET

    Approximately 47 million Americans who rely on food stamps could see their monthly assistance cut because a recession-era benefits boost is set to expire. A family of four could see their benefits cut by about $25 a month, NBC News reports.

  • Obama to Call Half of Troops' Return From Afghanistan Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 11:46 AM ET
    US Army in Afghanistan

    President Obama will announce in his State of the Union address that 34,000 U.S. troops will be home from Afghanistan within a year.

  • Slower Growth of Health Costs Eases US Deficit Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 8:33 AM ET

    A sharp and surprisingly persistent slowdown in the growth of health care costs is helping to narrow the federal deficit, leaving budget experts trying to figure out whether the trend will last.

  • Obama's Big Chance to Sway Public on Deficit Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 6:43 AM ET
    President Barack Obama addresses immigration reform on Jan. 29. 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    President Obama's State of the Union Address represents his largest opportunity to sway the public and Congress behind his goal for "balanced" deficit reduction, according to his longtime strategist David Axelrod.

  • State of the Union May Well Set Tone for Budget Talks Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 6:05 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday could drive market focus straight to the next skirmish in the budget and deficit battle with Congress, depending on his tone.

  • Barack Obama

    President Obama is likely to give a nod to the fitful economic recovery in his State of the Union speech with Apple CEO Tim Cook in attendance. But analysts don't expect major statements on contentious issues like taxes and the budget.

  • SEC Might Be Too Cozy With Wall Street: Report Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 3:28 PM ET

    A new report by a non-profit government watchdog group says former SEC employees, hired away from the Commission by the private sector, "routinely" help their new employers to influence the agency and blunt SEC enforcement actions.

  • Immigration Reform: Good or Bad for the Economy? Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 3:01 PM ET

    Legalize or not is the hotly debated question in Washington holding the fate of 11 million undocumented immigrants on a tight rope.

  • SBA Head Mills to Leave Obama Administration Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 1:44 PM ET
    Karen Mills, head of the Small Business Administration

    Karen Mills is departing as head of the Small Business Administration, opening another Cabinet-rank job for President Barack Obama to fill at the start of his second term.

  • The automatic government spending cuts are the best chance to ever reduce defense spending, former DNC chairman Howard Dean told CNBC.

  • In Address, President Will Focus on the Middle Class Sunday, 10 Feb 2013 | 10:37 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    President Obama on Tuesday will seek to move beyond the politics of the moment to define a second-term agenda built around restoring economic prosperity to the middle class, using his State of the Union address to unveil initiatives in education, infrastructure, clean energy and manufacturing.

  • President Barack Obama nominates Jack Lew as the next Treasury Secretary.

    Jack Lew, President Barack Obama's pick to be U.S. treasury secretary, is expected to come under fire for the administration's budget policies and a nearly $1 million bonus he received from bailed-out bank Citigroup when he testifies on Wednesday before a Senate panel vetting him for the job.

  • Is Obama Ready for a Billionaire in His Cabinet? Friday, 8 Feb 2013 | 2:18 PM ET
    Penny Pritzker

    Penny Pritzker, a possible nominee for commerce secretary, has never been comfortable with the title "billionaire." Her wealth could also be an odd fit in the Obama White House.

  • Automatic government spending cuts due to go into effect March 1 unless Congress acts. The effect of the reductions would slash non-defense programs by 9 percent across the board and defense programs by 13 percent, the White House said.

  • Regulation: Reform vs. Hurdles     Friday, 8 Feb 2013 | 11:35 AM ET

    John Engler, Business Roundtable, explains what the President needs to say at the State of the Union next week, with CNBC's Rick Santelli.

  • Gov. Christie's Online Gamble     Friday, 8 Feb 2013 | 10:23 AM ET

    Lawmakers are expected to approve New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's amendments to existing legislation on Internet gaming, reports CNBC's Brian Shactman.

  • Probe Under Way Into Hacks of Bush Family Emails Friday, 8 Feb 2013 | 10:13 AM ET
    George W. Bush and George Bush Sr.

    A hacker apparently accessed private photos and emails sent between members of the Bush family, including both former presidents.

  • Eastwood: If DC Doesn't 'Give a Damn,' How Can We? Friday, 8 Feb 2013 | 7:26 AM ET
    Clint Eastwood RNC Speech

    "It's almost like they don't give a damn," Hollywood legend and Republican supporter Clint Eastwood told CNBC, referring to the gridlock in Washington.

  • Americans Brace for the Pain of Austerity Thursday, 7 Feb 2013 | 9:44 PM ET

    From long delays at the nation's airports to huge potential layoffs of government workers, Americans may soon feel the pinch of austerity. The Financial Times reports.

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