Government Programs


  • Merry Christmas: Millions to lose jobless benefits Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 4:45 PM ET
    Job seekers line up to meet with recruiters during the Job Hunters Boot Camp in San Mateo, Calif., in October.

    A congressional budget proposal fails to extend a program providing federal funds for those who have run out of state benefits.

  • Lawmakers try to avoid getting hooked on subsidies Wednesday, 13 Nov 2013 | 11:41 AM ET
    An enrollment sign for the Affordable Care Act at the Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center in Los Angeles.

    Republican efforts to stop Obamacare are a throwback to past efforts by former lawmakers to stop other federal entitlement programs. The New York Times reports.

  • Government bets the farm in $11.3 billion subsidies Thursday, 7 Nov 2013 | 11:08 AM ET

    The government paid $11.3m in farm subsidies to 50 billionaires or businesses in which they have some form of ownership. The New York Times reports.

  • NSA has hacked into Yahoo, Google accounts: WaPo Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 12:50 PM ET
    National Security Agency building in Fort Meade, Md.

    The U.S. National Security Agency has hacked into main communication links that connect accounts at Google and Yahoo, the Washington Post reported.

  • China's changing demographics  Sunday, 27 Oct 2013 | 7:50 PM ET

    Sam Radwan, Partner & Co-Founder of Enhance International talks about building a safety net for the elderly in China.

  • No more superstorms, please. We're not quite ready Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 | 11:45 AM ET
    A New Jersey community after Hurricane Sandy.

    As more severe weather events hit the country, analysts say the U.S. continues to suffer from a lack of preparation to handle them.

  • DC Lottery winners are latest shutdown losers Friday, 11 Oct 2013 | 6:38 PM ET
    D.C. Powerball form

    You thought you were in luck with a winning lottery ticket—but think again if you're in the nation's capital.

  • Shutdown and default: Four factors put us here Tuesday, 8 Oct 2013 | 2:18 PM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner

    Four structural factors helped push the U.S. into this government shutdown, and now facing potential default.

  • Hug a government worker day Sunday, 6 Oct 2013 | 11:33 AM ET

    Let's show our appreciation by urging Congress to put those dedicated public servants back to work and let them continue to improve our nation.

  • From Alcatraz to Hollywood: Shutdown ripple effect Wednesday, 2 Oct 2013 | 7:59 PM ET
    A sign at the entrance to the Fort Sumter National Monument informs visitors it is closed because of the federal government shutdown October 2, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina.

    From Alcatraz to Hollywood, blood drives and daycare, the US government shutdown is having a serious ripple effect.

  • Shutdown may last week or more: Boehner aide Tuesday, 1 Oct 2013 | 5:03 PM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner.

    Speaker of the House John Boehner on Tuesday said the government shutdown could last a week or longer, a top aide to the Republican leader told CNBC.

  • China puffer fish tower sparks anger  Sunday, 29 Sep 2013 | 7:30 PM ET

    Chinese citizens have been huffing over a building that's been erected in China's Jiangsu province. This giant, copper puffer fish costs about $11.5 million to build and hovers around 15 storeys above the ground.

  • No more cheap loans for seniors? Friday, 27 Sep 2013 | 2:32 PM ET

    American seniors tight on savings on will soon face new hurdles in financing retirement through the federal government's reverse mortgage program.

  • Flood insurance prices: 5 feet high and risin' Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | 1:33 PM ET
    Floods swamp a house near the town of Hygiene, Colo.

    Cutbacks on subsidies for flood insurance are causing premiums to rise. Meanwhile, those who have coverage see difficulties in filing claims.

  • Kudlow: Obama prefers to talk to Iran, not Boehner Friday, 20 Sep 2013 | 6:15 PM ET

    One of the biggest mistakes President Obama is making in the current debate is his repeated and stubborn refusal to negotiate.

  • Boehner: We'll win the fight to defund Obamacare Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 | 11:41 AM ET
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH).

    Boehner said he was confident that majority House Republicans would pass a stop-gap funding measure that denies money for "Obamacare" reforms.

  • Huge India food program criticized as profligate Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 5:55 PM ET
    A market in Mumbai.

    With its currency in meltdown and growth at the lowest in the past decade, India's government on Monday passed a $19.8 billion-a-year food subsidy bill.

  • Billions wasted on paperless vets' health records Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 11:24 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks on improving veterans health care at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington DC, back on April 09, 2009.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense spent $1.3 billion during the last four years trying to develop a single electronic health-records system.

  • As IPO surges 57%, CEO thanks Washington Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 4:24 PM ET

    As the cloud-based event management software company Cvent opened for trading Friday, its founder and CEO said that new regulations helped the company raise money on the public market.

  • Wien: Government should spend more, taper less Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | 11:17 AM ET
    Byron Wien, vice chairman of Blackstone Advisory Partners

    There's no reason the Fed should taper asset purchases and instead the government needs to increase spending, said Byron Wien, vice chairman of Blackstone Advisory Partners.