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  • We Need to Act or Get Thrown Out: Sen.-Elect Portman Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 10:43 AM ET

    The newly elected Congress needs to “get to work” to solve some of the country’s biggest problems or the American people will throw them out in two years, GOP Sen.-Elect Rob Portman of Ohio told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Commentary: Americans Need Shock to Tackle Debt Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 6:20 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    Why has Britain managed to boldly go into fiscal territory which the US has hitherto ducked? That is the $800 billion question hanging in the air in New York this weekend, after George Osborne, chancellor, visited the city. The FT reports.

  • Tax Law Makes Mockery of Deficit: Rep. Frank Friday, 17 Dec 2010 | 5:38 PM ET
    Barney Frank

    Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the Financial Services Committee, told CNBC that the tax bill signed into law Friday by President Obama make a “mockery of all this deficit concern.”

  • The fight over collecting online sales tax is an ongoing issue that is especially heated this holiday season as online retail sales hit new records—and taxes goes uncollected.

  • Steven Rattner

    Steve Rattner, the veteran investor and co-founder of the private equity firm Quadrangle Group who led the administration's effort to restructure the auto industry, says insider trading charges help clean up bad apples from Wall Street.

  • Tax Plan Will Boost Economy: Blackstone's Schwarzman Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 10:45 AM ET
    Year-End Investing Tax Tips  -  A CNBC Special Report

    The tax compromise brokered by President Obama with Republican congressional leaders will boost economic activity, adding ½ to 1 percent to the GDP, Steven Schwarzman, chairman and CEO of private equity firm Blackstone Group told CNBC Thursday.

  • Federal Reserve Is a 'Cartel': Ron Paul Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 4:57 PM ET
    Ron Paul

    Rep. Ron Paul, (R-Texas), who will head a subcommittee overseeing the Federal Reserve in the new Congress, called central bank a “cartel” and said it has “monopoly control” over the US dollar.

  • Deficit Reduction After Economy Improves: Gregg, Bayh Monday, 13 Dec 2010 | 10:30 AM ET

    Two powerful lame-duck senators, who both support the tax bill compromise set for a Senate vote Monday, told CNBC Monday, that reducing the deficit will come after the economy is gets moving forward.

  • Obama-GOP Tax Deal a Quick Reversal on Deficits Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 6:21 PM ET

    Less than a week after his bipartisan deficit commission offered a package of tough tax hikes and spending cuts to stem the flood of government red ink, the president and Republicans presented a tax plan that would add a whopping $900 billion to the nation's debt over two years.

  • House Budget Panel to Push Tax, Spending Cuts: Ryan Wednesday, 8 Dec 2010 | 5:30 PM ET

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), the incoming chairman of the House Budget Committee, told CNBC Wednesday that he would push for permanent lower tax rates, "real" spending cuts and entitlement reforms when Republicans take control of the House in January.

  • Bond Vigilantes Could Target US: Roubini Wednesday, 8 Dec 2010 | 7:16 AM ET
    Nouriel Roubini

    Economist Nouriel Roubini on Wednesday voiced concern over  a compromise on extending tax cuts struck by US President Barack Obama and Republican leaders, saying the agreement could expose the US to bond vigilantes who will drive up the price of yields

  • Busch: Bush Tax Cuts: Party Like it's 2001-2003 Tuesday, 7 Dec 2010 | 10:48 AM ET

    The best that can be said about this potential compromise is that the US avoided disaster by averting a massive tax hike during a weak economic recovery.

  • ECONOMY—Liesman Monday, 6 Dec 2010 | 11:22 AM ET
    European Central Bank (ECB) chief Jean-Claude Trichet

    Interest rates are flat, TARP pays for itself and the Euro holds steady.

  • ECONOMY—Bozzo Friday, 3 Dec 2010 | 7:36 AM ET

    Economic growth will be subpar, the jobless rate drifts lower, deflation remains a concern, deficit reduction goes nowhere and heads roll in Washington.

  • Honeywell CEO: Get Behind Deficit Panel—or Else Wednesday, 1 Dec 2010 | 3:55 PM ET
    Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote

    Deficit commission member and chairman and CEO of Honeywell International, Dave Cote, voiced his support for the  panel’s fiscal austerity plan in a CNBC interview Wednesday.

  • Deficit Commission Members Weigh In Wednesday, 1 Dec 2010 | 2:48 PM ET

    America's "Number 1 domestic problem," the federal deficit, took center stage on Wednesday morning as President Obama's bipartisan deficit commission released its findings. Some members of the 18-member bipartisan deficit commission, appearing on CNBC Wednesday, weighed in with their thoughts. To read the full report,

  • 'Soda Subsidy' Gives Tax Dollars to Beverage Companies Wednesday, 1 Dec 2010 | 10:58 AM ET
    Soda

    As Congress considers new ways to cut spending, here's one idea health advocates are pushing: prevent people on food stamps from using benefits to buy sweetened sodas.

  • What's 43,000 Pages and 16 Feet Tall? Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 | 5:01 PM ET

    Trimming the federal budget deficit ultimately means tough choices. And to get an idea just how tough, we printed out the entire federal budget—43,000 pages in all. It stands 16 feet tall. Cutting it down to size will be an enormous task.

  • Deficit Panel to Unveil Plan Wednesday but Vote Friday Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 | 4:49 PM ET
    National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform co-chairmen Erskine Bowles, and Alan Simpson.

    A commission to balance the US budget will deliver its final deficit-cutting plan on Wednesday but delay a vote until Friday, reflecting sharp divisions within the bi-partisan panel.

  • Deficit Commission to Cut Marines' Landing Craft Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010 | 8:46 AM ET
    US Capitol Building

    The United States Marine Corps want to spend billions of dollars on a new amphibious landing craft, budget cutters in Washington say that’s simply too much money for a vehicle that Marines may never ride into battle.