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  • 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.

  • 'We Are Not Doomed to Endless Gridlock': Obama Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 4:45 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    The president celebrated a bipartisan "season of progress' on Thursday at a year-end news conference a few hours after the Senate ratified an arms control treaty with Russia.

  • Cramer’s Biggest Fear for 2011 Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 3:14 PM ET

    This one thing could derail his entire outlook for the coming year.

  • Do Luxury Hybrid Buyers Really Deserve Green Tax Credit? Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 12:37 PM ET

    For the moment, price tag and paycheck don't matter when it comes to providing tax credits to buyers of hybrid cars. Several luxury brands qualify for credits worth thousands of dollars, but only if drivers buy before the end of the year.

  • Private Equity Looks Abroad, But May Be Blind to the Risks Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 11:06 AM ET
    Private Equity Risk

    Stephen A. Schwarzman, the chief executive of the Blackstone Group, is Paris-bound. Mr. Schwarzman will spend the next four to six months in France working on international opportunities for Blackstone. The New York Times reports.

  • We Need to Act or Get Thrown Out: Sen.-Elect Portman Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 10:43 AM ET

    The newly elected Congress needs to “get to work” to solve some of the country’s biggest problems or the American people will throw them out in two years, GOP Sen.-Elect Rob Portman of Ohio told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Morici: Downgrade US Treasurys to Junk Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 11:15 AM ET

    With the new tax cuts, rating agencies should downgrade U.S. government debt to junk.

  • Commentary: Americans Need Shock to Tackle Debt Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 6:20 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    Why has Britain managed to boldly go into fiscal territory which the US has hitherto ducked? That is the $800 billion question hanging in the air in New York this weekend, after George Osborne, chancellor, visited the city. The FT reports.

  • Part of the administration’s strategy has been to ramp up border and workplace enforcement to attract Republican votes for the overhaul. The vote on Saturday made it clear that strategy has not succeeded so far. The New York Times reports.

  • Senate Ends Military Ban on Gays Serving Openly Sunday, 19 Dec 2010 | 9:11 AM ET

    The Senate voted to strike down the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military.  The New York Times reports.

  • When GOP Takes Over House, Budget Battle Begins Saturday, 18 Dec 2010 | 9:17 AM ET

    The collapse of a government-wide spending package in the final days of this Congressional session sets up a politically charged fiscal showdown early next year, testing the determination of Republicans, the  New York Times reports.

  • Many see the S&P 500 scoring double-digit gains next year, finishing at 1400 or higher, because of a better economy, better earnings, better tone from Washington, and a better case for equities versus bonds.

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