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  • US Congress Sends Bush Budget Bill with Iraq Money Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 6:08 PM ET

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a $556 billion bill to fund most of the federal government through September 2008, ending a year-long budget fight with President George W. Bush by also including new money for the Iraq war

  • Paulson: Banks Making Progress on Subprime Debt Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 4:01 PM ET
    Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson

    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Monday that moves by some big banks to bring off-balance sheet investments tied to subprime mortgages back onto their books would help ward off a widespread credit crunch.

  • Fed Plan Gets Mixed Reviews From CNBC Guests Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 11:29 AM ET

    Everybody seems to have an opinion on the Federal Reserve's plan to ease the global credit crunch. Here's what some CNBC guests were saying Thursday.

  • House Passes AMT Fix, Again Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 10:35 AM ET

    Confronting the Senate and White House, House Democrats for a second time passed tax relief for 21 million people, going after companies and hedge fund managers that shelter money offshore. The vote Wednesday was a near party-line 226-193.

  • Central Banks Make Biggest Joint Action Since 9/11 Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 5:34 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Central banks banded together to make it easier for stressed banks to borrow money in a credit crunch that threatens to knock the U.S. economy into recession.

  • How the Central Bank Credit Plan Will Work Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 4:40 PM ET

    Major central banks, including the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank, acted in unison Wednesday in unveiling plans to provide liquidity to the banking system, where funds covering a longer span of time have become scant.

  • Fed: Credit Plan Is Better Than Cutting Interest Rates Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 4:27 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve's plan to ease the global credit crunch has been in the works for a while and will be more effective than cutting interest rates, a senior Fed official said.

  • Fed's Recent Moves to Add Liquidity Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 11:00 AM ET

    The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced with other major central banks measures to alleviate upward pressure in interbank markets as financial sector troubles have made it more difficult for banks to raise funds. Following are some major steps the Fed has taken to provide funding to the banking system.

  • Federal Reserve's Statement On Boosting Liquidity Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 9:29 AM ET

    The text of the Federal Reserve's statement on adding additional liquidity into money markets released Dec. 12.

  • Fed Trims Rates 1/4 Point, Disappointing Investors Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 2:45 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve cut  interest rates a modest quarter point, disappointing Wall Street, which had hoped for more-aggressive action.

  • The FOMC's Statement Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 2:29 PM ET

    The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to lower its target for the federal funds rate 25 basis points to 4-1/4 percent.

  • Markets Hope Fed Will Cut Rates by Half a Point Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 12:43 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Financial markets expect the Fed to trim interest rates a quarter point this afternoon, but many investors are hoping for a half-point cut.

  • Global Economy May Have Tough Year in 2008 Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 11:14 AM ET

    The U.S. economy is in the danger zone and one good shock could send it into recession next year, according to Global Insights, which released its top 10 predictions for 2008 Tuesday.The Boston-based forecasting company said GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2007 and first half of 2008 is expected to be very weak, and will make the United States extremely vulnerable.

  • What the Fed Is Facing at Tuesday's Policy Meeting Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 9:33 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke, President Bush's top economic adviser, speaks in the Oval Office at the White House after Bush named him to take over the Federal Reserve from retiring Alan Greenspan, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. It was the third time in as many years the president has turned to the 51-year-old Bernanke for a sensitive post. Bush named him to the Fed board in 2002, then made him chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers earlier this year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Wall Street widely expects the Fed to cut interest rates Tuesday. Here are some of the factors policymakers will be considering

  • World Jobs Outlook Good Despite US Dip: Poll Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 4:24 AM ET

    The global hiring outlook for the first quarter of 2008 remains healthy despite a slightly softer jobs forecast for the United States, a quarterly survey by Manpower Inc, one of the world's largest employment services companies, showed Tuesday.

  • Why Fed Is Expected To Cut Interest Rates Again Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 7:51 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    A lot has changed since the Federal Reserve hinted two months ago that it might be finished cutting interest rates for a while.

  • Paulson Asserts Subprime Plan Isn't Federal Bailout Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 3:25 PM ET
    Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson

    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson defended the Bush administration's subprime mortgage plan, telling CNBC that it is not a federal bailout.

  • Jobs Report Makes Modest Rate Cut More Likely Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 11:45 AM ET

    Employers added 94,000 jobs in November, but a slowdown in recent months fueled speculation of a modest rate cut next week.

  • No Recession, But Housing Risky: Bush Advisor Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 11:37 AM ET

    A senior White House economist said on Friday he believes the U.S. economy is still strong and not headed for recession, though it remains at risk from the slumping housing market.

  • Consumers Are In Gloomiest Mood in Two Years Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 10:24 AM ET

    U.S. consumer sentiment soured for a third month in December as a housing recession andexpensive gasoline left consumers at their gloomiest since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a report showed Friday.