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  • Post Office Looks to New Congress for Deliverance Friday, 4 Jan 2013 | 2:00 PM ET
    U.S. Postal Service

    The former occupants of Capitol Hill didn't deliver, so the cash-strapped Postal Service now turns to the newly sworn-in Congress for help in avoiding its own "fiscal cliff."

  • White House to GOP: Don't Play With Dynamite on Debt Friday, 4 Jan 2013 | 12:50 PM ET
    Alan Krueger

    The White House warned Friday that Congress should avoid "playing with dynamite" in what's shaping up as the next "cliff" battle -- increasing the nation's debt ceiling.

  • Timothy Geithner

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's plans to leave near the end of January put the White House in a tricky spot, depriving the Obama administration of its longest-serving economic adviser for its next fiscal showdown with Congress.

  • Boehner Re-Elected Speaker as New Congress Convenes Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 3:49 PM ET
    Nancy Pelosi stands with House Speaker John Boehner after presenting him with the gavel during the first session of the 113th Congress.

    Rep. John Boehner was re-elected House speaker on Thursday as the 113th Congress ushered in the new and the old -- dozens of eager freshmen determined to change Washington and the harsh reality of another stretch of bitterly divided government.

  • After bruising fights in GOP ranks over the "fiscal cliff" and aid for victims of super storm Sandy, Congress started a new session Thursday with Republicans more divided than ever.

  • For Taxpayers Making More Than $250,000, a New Math Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 7:08 AM ET

    Despite its well-publicized cutoff at incomes of $400,000 and up, the fiscal cliff deal could increase taxes on people making less.

  • Speaker of the House John Boehner

    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner made a U-turn on Wednesday to clear the way for approval of $60 billion in Superstorm Sandy relief by mid-January after drawing withering fire from fellow Republicans, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, for canceling an earlier vote.

  • Al Gore's Current TV Snapped Up by Al Jazeera Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 12:06 AM ET

    Al Jazeera said on Wednesday it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States.

  • 'Nothing Really Has Been Fixed' by 'Cliff' Deal Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 4:23 PM ET

    An emergency deal reached after weeks of rancorous negotiations will keep the U.S. from driving off the "fiscal cliff," but higher taxes and continued political bickering in Washington threaten to shake the fragile economy well into 2013.

  • Chris Christie

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blasted fellow Republican John Boehner and the GOP-controlled House on Wednesday, saying he was disgusted that Congress failed to approve emergency aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

  • Despite 'Cliff' Deal's Cuts, Your Taxes Are Going Up Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 12:25 PM ET

    While the tax package that Congress passed New Year's Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013.

  • Like ‘Eating a You Know What Sandwich:’ Sen. Corker Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 9:27 AM ET
    Senator Bob Corker

    Republican Sen. Bob Corker told CNBC on Wednesday that voting for the deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" was like "eating a you know what sandwich."

  • House GOP Threw Us Off 'Hurricane Cliff': NY Dem Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 8:58 AM ET

    The Sandy aid bill should go to the House floor as the "first order of business" in the new Congress, Rep. Steve Israel said on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

  • Congress Ends Without Vote on Sandy Aid Bill Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 8:18 AM ET

    A bipartisan furor erupted after House Republican leadership decided to allow the current term of Congress to end without holding a vote on aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

  • What's in the 'Fiscal Cliff' Bill Passed by Congress? Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 6:19 AM ET

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved a Senate bill on Tuesday night to avert $600 billion in automatic tax increases and spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff." Here are the details.

  • US Avoids Calamity in 'Fiscal Cliff' Drama Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 4:35 AM ET
    President Barack Obama makes statement on fiscal cliff

    The United States averted economic calamity on Tuesday when lawmakers approved a deal preventing huge tax hikes and spending cuts that would have pushed the world's largest economy off the "fiscal cliff" into recession.

  • Chicago, Illinois

    New year's revelers could wake up to a hangover of a different sort: new regulations totaling more than 400 across the country.

  • Leaders Agree to a Deal Stop Spike in Milk Prices Monday, 31 Dec 2012 | 8:49 AM ET

    The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that could head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.

  • Obama: GOP Focus on Rich Standing in Way of Deal Sunday, 30 Dec 2012 | 9:34 AM ET
    President Obama (R) meets with members of the bipartisan Governors Association Executive Committee, including Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D)

    The GOP says it wants a deal on the "fiscal cliff" but "their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are protected," President Obama said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

  • Obama: Optimistic We Can Still Reach Deal 'in Time' Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 6:06 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    With "fiscal cliff" talks going to the wire, President Obama said Friday he was optimistic that an agreement can be reached in time to avert the automatic tax increases and spending cuts that could throw the economy back into recession.

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