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  • Strained States Turning to Laws to Curb Labor Unions Tuesday, 4 Jan 2011 | 6:29 AM ET

    Faced with growing budget deficits and restive taxpayers, elected officials from Maine to Alabama, Ohio to Arizona, are pushing new legislation to limit the power of labor unions, particularly those representing government workers, in collective bargaining and politics, the New York Times reports.

  • GOP Agenda: Kill Health Care, Cut Spending and Taxes Monday, 3 Jan 2011 | 11:47 AM ET
    GOP symbol and cash

    Individual Americans will realize the most benefits from new rules and tax changes that take effect starting at midnight.

  • Chadwick: A New Year’s Resolution for Everyone Monday, 3 Jan 2011 | 10:52 AM ET

    Take your newfound income – that 3.5% of every thousand dollars over whatever level of income you need, and put it immediately and directly into the economy by donating it to charities that assist others with acute needs.

  • GOP Newcomers Set Out to Undo Obama Victories Monday, 3 Jan 2011 | 10:09 AM ET
    US Capitol Building

    Soon after the 112th Congress convenes Wednesday, Republicans in the House plan to make good on a campaign promise that helped vault many new members to victory: voting to repeal President Obama’s health care overhaul, the New York Times reports.

  • Tax Cuts That Come With the New Year Friday, 31 Dec 2010 | 4:05 PM ET

    Individual Americans will realize the most benefits from new rules and tax changes that take effect starting at midnight.

  • The nation’s 26 new governors have had to wrestle with a symbolically rich decision that could set the tone for their time in office: how big a party to give for themselves. The New York Times reports.

  • Estate Tax Lapse Created Windfall for Heirs Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 | 4:31 PM ET

    What if your really, really wealthy parent or close relative were on life support? Would you decide to pull the plug before the end of next year—that is, by tomorrow night at midnight?

  • Chinese Could Become Richer Than Americans: Economist Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 | 10:13 AM ET

    If the US and Chinese economies move at their present rates, the average Chinese citizen will be wealthier than the average American in less than three decades, Ed Lazear, a Stanford University economic professor, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Baby Boomers Fear Outliving Medicare: Poll Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 11:30 AM ET
    Cost of healthcare

    The first baby boomers will be old enough to qualify for Medicare Jan. 1, and many fear the program's obituary will be written before their own.

  • Euro Zone Banks Reluctant to Return ECB Funds Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 3:53 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    Eurozone end-of-year financial market tensions have been highlighted by the European Central Bank’s failure to reabsorb funds it has spent on buying government bonds to combat the region’s debt crisis, reports the Financial Times.

  • Michigan Town Is Left Pleading for Bankruptcy Tuesday, 28 Dec 2010 | 10:00 AM ET

    With anemic property tax revenues and forecasts of more dire financial times ahead, some experts and elected leaders fear that more localities may have to at least consider bankruptcy. The New York Times reports.

  • Bullet train in China

    California is about to embark on its biggest infrastructure project in decades, a project that isn't fully funded, where predictions of profitability are being questioned, and which depends largely on the American taxpayer.

  • US Entices Big Banks in Canada Tuesday, 28 Dec 2010 | 5:03 AM ET
    Victorian houses in St. John' s, Newfoundland

    The Bank of Nova Scotia is sometimes praised for having a nearly perfect record with its investments in the United States. But it is the only one of Canada’s five large banks that has largely avoided the American market, the New York Times reports.

  • ECB Increases Intervention in Bond Markets Tuesday, 28 Dec 2010 | 4:26 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    The European Central Bank increased its intervention in government bond markets last week, indicating that the euro’s monetary guardian remained wary of an escalation of the eurozone debt crisis, reports the Financial Times.

  • New Voters May Sway Fed Actions Monday, 27 Dec 2010 | 8:26 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    As the Federal Reserve debates whether to scale back, continue or expand its $600 billion effort to nurse the economic recovery, four men will have a newly prominent role in influencing the central bank’s path, the New York Times reports.

  • A Mortgage Nightmare's Happy Ending Saturday, 25 Dec 2010 | 4:34 PM ET

    Should homeowners be foreclosed upon en masse, or should banks work with them to reduce the loans to levels that homeowners can manage? The New York Times reports.

  • Eighteen months after the recession officially ended, the government’s latest measures to bolster the economy have led many forecasters and policy makers to express new optimism that the recovery will gain substantial momentum in 2011, the New York Times reports.

  • These Three Wise Men Can Help Cut Deficit Thursday, 23 Dec 2010 | 2:18 PM ET
    National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform co-chairmen Erskine Bowles, and Alan Simpson.

    Three key players, President Obama, Rep. Paul Ryan, and Sen. Kent Conrad, each have the responsibility of presenting a budget early next year. If these three men decide not to turn back, the era of deficit denial will indeed be over.

  • Gronbach: Aging Boomers Could Cause Tax Crisis Thursday, 23 Dec 2010 | 11:34 AM ET

    As the Baby Boomers age out of their premium tax paying years, Generation X ages in. Is shifting demography moving the United States closer and closer to a federal, state, and municipal tax crisis?

  • After Bruising Session, Congress Faces New Battles Thursday, 23 Dec 2010 | 10:41 AM ET

    With Democrats achieving their major victories in Congress by party-line votes, the next session could see more partisan animosity.  The New York Times reports.

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