Government Programs


  • Beijing Must Avoid Giant Pop in House Prices Sunday, 5 Jun 2011 | 9:36 PM ET
    Apartments in China

    Housing construction is such a driver of the Chinese economy that if a real estate bubble were to burst the resulting shock could see economic growth fall to the low single digits. The FT reports.

  • Money, Politics & Fear     Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | 2:00 PM ET

    Discussing whether today's jobs report is an indication of poor political policy, with James Pethokoukis, Reuters Money & Politics; Karen Finney, MSNBC political analyst; and CNBC's Steve Liesman.

  • Auto Bailout: Good for Jobs & Markets?     Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | 1:33 PM ET

    A panel of experts discusses the government's intervention in the auto industry and whether it was good for jobs and the market, with David Goerz, Highmark Capital; Jeremy Zirin, UBS; Marc Morial, National Urban League; Ron Christie, Christie Strategies; and CNBC's John Harwood.

  • It's All About Jobs!     Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | 1:15 PM ET

    Discussing whether government spending is killing or creating jobs, with Ron Christie, Christie Strategies; Marc Morial, National Urban League; David Goerz, Highmark Capital Management; Jeremy Zirin, UBS Wealth Management Research Americas; and CNBC's John Harwood.

  • UK Care Home Companies in Critical Condition Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 | 3:35 AM ET

    The UK's care homes system is under the microscope as Southern Cross, its biggest care homes company, teeters on the brink of collapse.

  • China Land Price Fall Threatens Local Finances Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 9:44 PM ET
    Apartment buildings in Liaoning Province, China.

    If recent land auctions across China are anything to go by, then Beijing’s efforts to cool the country’s sizzling residential property market are finally beginning to work after a year of moral suasion and threats to local governments, banks and developers. The FT reports.

  • Obama's Victory Lap     Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 2:26 PM ET

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports on President Obama's trip to Detroit today, on the heels of the successful auto bailouts. But is it one lap too many?

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  • Electronic Health Records Go Global     Friday, 27 May 2011 | 4:23 PM ET

    The U.S. government is paying doctors to go online. A look at the new technology, and growth opportunities in the industry, with Glen Tullman, Allscripts CEO.

  • Rep. Barney Frank on Debt Ceiling     Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 4:30 PM ET

    Rep. Barney Frank, (D-Mass.) weighs in on the potential of a U.S. government default, raising the debt limit, the possibility of Medicare cuts and his ideas for where the country can trim budgetary fat.

  • Dinallo Spells out AIG's Worth     Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 1:36 PM ET

    Placing a valuation on the insurance giant, and discussing the government's role in its survival, with Eric Dinallo, Debevoise & Plimpton.

  • Chrysler Repays TARP     Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 12:55 PM ET

    The Treasury announced Chrysler has repaid its TARP obligations. So, how is the government's auto bailout program doing? Ron Bloom, Special Assistant to President Obama for manufacturing policy weighs in.

  • UK's Care Homes System on the Critical List Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 12:48 AM ET

    It is often cheaper for local authorities in the UK to keep old people in their own homes, with regular visits from health and social care workers, than in a care home.

  • Too Much Of A Good Thing Friday, 20 May 2011 | 6:46 PM ET

    The government is making an increasing number of expensive life-saving or life extending drugs and devices available to more people, but is that the right thing to do and can we afford it, anyway?

  • Off The Chart Friday, 20 May 2011 | 3:00 PM ET

    Health care is an emotional subject for many Americans — and often one of extremes.  Yet, as we obssess about the system's structure and cost, we neglect our own health. Obesity and high blood pressure are more common, while exercise and diet are overlooked.  Our special report, "Healthy Business", explores these issues.

  • Super Fruits, Sensational Claims Friday, 20 May 2011 | 2:31 PM ET
    Acai Berries

    Health-conscious U.S. consumers  are buying hundreds of millions of dollars of so-called superfruits annually, even as critics contend their nutritional benefits are overblown and, in some cases, nonexistent.

  • France's Unemployed About to Become Criminals? Monday, 16 May 2011 | 4:30 AM ET

    French politicians are up in arms against proposals that would force those benefiting from state aid to do community service hours, which in the country's legal system are part of a list of punishments for those condemned for crimes such as damaging goods, petty theft or insulting the police.

  • Long-Term Care Comes Of Age Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 9:30 AM ET

    After seeing old age or illness deplete their parents life savings, more baby boomer are signing up for long-term care coverage.

  • New Global Diet Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 12:38 PM ET
    An Angolan woman shops in a market in Cabinda.

    Much like housing years ago, food has become something bigger than itself. It's about far more than sustenance. It's about commodities trading, global trade, energy, biotechnology and government policy. Our special report, "Food Economics, explores all of those dimensions.

  • Farm Subsidies Face The Budget Axe — Seriously Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 12:05 PM ET
    Farmer picking weeds

    With commodities prices shy high, most in Washington want to cut agricuktural aid, including billions in direct payments that go to many farmers annually regardless of need,