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  • After the 'Cliff'—Get Ready for Another Fight Monday, 31 Dec 2012 | 5:35 PM ET
    Washington Monument

    If Washington reaches this deal on the "fiscal cliff," it's only going to make the debt-ceiling fight even more ferocious.

  • Leaders Agree to a Deal Stop Spike in Milk Prices Monday, 31 Dec 2012 | 8:49 AM ET

    The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that could head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.

  • 'New Normal': Low Growth, Few Jobs, El-Erian Says Monday, 31 Dec 2012 | 8:42 AM ET
    Mohamed El-Erian

    Due to the "dysfunction and polarization" in Washington the U.S. economy faces a prolonged weak outlook, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.

  • Merkel Says Euro Zone Crisis Far From Over Monday, 31 Dec 2012 | 1:21 AM ET
    Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany

    The euro zone sovereign debt crisis is far from over even though reform measures designed to address the roots of the problem are beginning to bear fruit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said in her New Year's address.

  • China Factory Sector Strongest Since May 2011: Report Sunday, 30 Dec 2012 | 10:50 PM ET
    Diggers are seen during the Samsung China Semiconductor's groundbreaking ceremony for a new advanced memory fabrication line.

    Activity in China's vast manufacturing sector hit its fastest pace in December since May 2011, a survey of private factory managers showed, with a sub-index for new orders pointing to continued strength in the new year.

  • After all that grand talk and bickering in Washington, it's time to temper expectations: If a deal is reached, it's likely to be much smaller than most expect.

  • Small-Business Owner to Politicians: Protect US Jobs Saturday, 29 Dec 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    Two small-company owners said the debt-deal debacle is weighing down Main Street. And politicians need to prioritize U.S. jobs.

  • Obama: Optimistic We Can Still Reach Deal 'in Time' Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 6:06 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    With "fiscal cliff" talks going to the wire, President Obama said Friday he was optimistic that an agreement can be reached in time to avert the automatic tax increases and spending cuts that could throw the economy back into recession.

  • With the "fiscal cliff" days away, former George W. Bush economic advisor Ed Lazear told CNBC on Friday it would be a mistake to rush a deal that will have a lasting impact on U.S. economic growth.

  • Warren Buffett said he remains confident the U.S. debt problem will be fixed...eventually, despite all the political fighting that's been sparked by the "fiscal cliff."

  • Possible 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal Signaled Ahead of Summit Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 12:41 PM ET

    Democratic and Republican sources involved in negotiations reported some progress Friday toward a potential deal averting the "fiscal cliff" ahead of an afternoon summit at the White House between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders.

  • Gird Your Loins: Here's How the 'Cliff' Will Hit You Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 11:25 AM ET

    If no "fiscal cliff" deal is reached, Americans could feel pain as taxes rise, unemployment benefits are cut and smaller changes take effect.

  • How No 'Cliff' Deal Will Hammer the Middle Class Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    There’s a common misperception about the fiscal cliff — that the tax increases only apply to 2013. Not true. The Fiscal Times reports.

  • Pending Home Sales Rise 1.7 Percent, Beat Forecast Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 10:01 AM ET

    A measure of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes increased last month to its highest level in two and a half years, the latest sign of improvement in the housing market.

  • Business activity in the U.S. Midwest expanded in December, a report showed, boosted by a rebound in customer demand. But the pace of hiring in the sector was the slowest it has been in more than three years.

  • China's central bank will use various tools to ensure steady credit growth to support the economy while pursuing financial reform in the face of weakness and uncertainty in the global economic outlook, it said in comments published on Friday.

  • How the UK Tax Man Got Cozy With Big Business Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 4:53 AM ET

    For Ian Barlow, Britain's tax authority has gone from being fearsome to being really rather nice.

  • Weak Japan Data Bolster Abe's Hand on Stimulus Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 12:32 AM ET

    Poor Japanese manufacturing data on Friday gave new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe more ammunition to push for big spending and easy money to salvage the world's third largest economy from decades of deflation and its fourth recession since 2000.

  • As Clock Ticks, Can the US Avert 'Fiscal Cliff'? Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 11:28 PM ET

    President Obama will meet with congressional leaders on Friday in a last-ditch effort to avert a fiscal crisis. The NYT reports.

  • 'Container Cliff' Avoided Until Early February Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 8:20 PM ET
    Members of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit walk a picket line near APM Terminals, halting cargo at the busiest seaport complex in the nation.

    After a week of negotiations, The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service announced that an agreement has been reached between the International Longshoremen's Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance.

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