• Many Like Idea of Spending Cuts More Than Reality: Poll Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 6:30 PM ET

    Americans are skeptical that the mid-term elections will produce much change in Washington—and one reason is their own resistance to deep cuts in federal spending and deficits.

  • Currency Fight With China Divides US Businesses Tuesday, 16 Nov 2010 | 8:10 PM ET
    Chinese Yuan and US Dollar

    American businesses that import Chinese goods face higher prices, but exporters are predicting sales growth. The NYT reports.

  • Here's How to Cut the Deficit, But Nobody Will Like It Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 | 9:32 AM ET

    Voters who demanded Washington rein in the nation's spiraling debt are getting a message from President Obama and his deficit commission: It'll hurt.

  • How Would You Start to Reduce the US Deficit? Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 | 7:32 AM ET

    Share your opinion in today's poll.

  • Victories in Hand, Governors Face Vast Deficits Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | 9:55 AM ET

    When stumping on the campaign trail, the nation's new slate of governors could afford to make sweeping but vague promises about how they'd solve their states' massive looming budget deficits.

  • Decision 2010: Your Money, Your Vote Tuesday, 2 Nov 2010 | 7:15 PM ET

    CNBC gives cutting-edge coverage of the 2010 midterm elections, with analysis that impacts people on both Wall Street and Main Street. Here is the latest analysis from reporters on the  front lines.

  • Uncle Sam taking money out of your wallet

    For candidates  to deliver on their promises to cut government spending and reduce the budget deficit, they will have to make potentially painful cuts. If given a limited choice, where would you wield the axe? Take our poll and tell us your opinion.

  • Is Britain Really That Broke? Monday, 1 Nov 2010 | 6:32 AM ET

    Any country that has spare cash to throw at buying millions of pumpkins that will never get eaten and hundreds of millions on tickets for a group more middle of the road than cats-eyes, clearly has more money than sense.

  • Britain has Gone Climbing Without a Rope Friday, 29 Oct 2010 | 7:07 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    How does the spending review of the UK’s coalition government look now, more than a week after its launch? The FT's Martin Wolf reports.

  • As GOP Seeks Spending Cuts, Details Are Scarce Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 | 10:28 AM ET
    "Remember in November" Rally in DC

    If there is a single message unifying Republican candidates this year, it is a call to grab hold of the federal checkbook, slam it closed and begin to slash spending. But while polls show that the Republicans’ message is succeeding politically, Republican candidates and party leaders are offering few specifics about how they would tackle the nation’s $13.7 trillion debt. The NYT reports.

  • A Productive Congress Gets No Respect from Voters Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 4:33 AM ET

    The public panned it. Republicans obstructed it. Many Democrats fled from it. Even so, the session of Congress now drawing to a close was the most productive in nearly half a century.

  • Value-Added Tax Could Cost 850,000 Jobs: Retail Group Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 | 12:03 AM ET

    The retail industry's trade group said a study it commissioned estimates a European-style VAT would result in the loss of 850,000 jobs in its first year, reduce the gross domestic product for three years, and cut retail spending by $2.5 billion over its first decade.

  • Easing Won't Work As Consumers Won't Spend: Roach Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 4:50 AM ET

    Throwing money at a country in debt will not solve its problems if consumers refuse to spend, said Stephen Roach, non-executive chairman at Morgan Stanley Asia, on why a second round of quantitative easing (QE) from the U.S. Federal Reserve will not work.

  • Digging Down on The 800 Pound Debt Gorilla Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | 8:33 AM ET

    For the first time in living memory, government spending has become a major issue. In the past, Republicans would run against taxes and Democrats against spending cuts, with neither party really running hard against spending. This had the predictable result of lowering taxes, raising spending, and inflating the public debt.

  • Wharton Grads Head to Far East for Jobs Friday, 8 Oct 2010 | 5:08 AM ET

    For graduating MBA students five years ago, the path may have been predictable: accept diploma, sign onto a six-figure income with a major investment banking firm, and begin 18-hour workdays.

  • Shock and Awe: The U.S. Deficit Problem Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 | 9:38 AM ET

    Earlier this week I was driving my kids to school when I saw a vandalized street sign that was so striking that I had to pull over and take a picture of it.

  • Meredith Whitney on Closing Bell

    Crippling debts and deficits are about to make individual states the next casualty of the credit crisis, analyst Meredith Whitney told CNBC.

  • Senior Hiking

    The co-chairs of President Obama's special commission on cutting the deficit say Social Security is high on the list, so why isn't it front and center in Congressional races?

  • Ideology, Not Economics, May Be At Core of Tax Policy Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 10:53 AM ET

    For all of the political noise about tax policy, cuts, it is hard to make a convincing case that either cuts or hikes make much of a difference in economic growth or job creation. "I really don't think you can," says one economist.

  • Nouriel Roubini

    The global economy will suffer a "couple of financial crises over the next 10 years" as financial reforms are not going in the right direction and not enough is being done, warned Nouriel Roubini, chairman at Roubini Global Economics.