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Congress Political Leaders


  • Busch: Missouri Markets Show Me Growth Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 11:38 AM ET

    Market expectations for future growth shifting rapidly towards uncertainty over global debt servicing.

  • Congress Needs to 'Cowboy Up' to Fix the Economy Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 11:13 AM ET
    John Wayne

    Investors woke up Monday to a world in which America is seen as a greater credit risk than anytime in recent history, and they didn't like what they saw. The conversation around why we were downgraded can get as wonky as we want, but let’s not get caught up in the weeds. We are where we are because the problem is simple: Our country spends far more than it takes in—trillions more.

  • London Police Run Out of Space as City Licks Wounds Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 9:16 AM ET
    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: A rioter throws a rock at riot police in Clarence Road in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Pockets of rioting and looting continues to take place in various boroughs of London this evening, as well as in Birmingham, prompted by the initial rioting in Tottenham and then in Brixton on Sunday night. It has been announced that the Prime Minister David Cameron and his family are due to return home from their summer holiday in Tuscany, Italy to respond to the

    Central London's police cells are full to the brim as more than 200 people were arrested on a third night of disorder in the U.K.'s capital. Some 16,000 police officers will hit the city's streets Tuesday night, as the government tries to stem the rising tide of violence.

  • Safe Havens Soar, Downdraft Down Under Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 7:58 AM ET

    The Swiss franc and yen are flying high as investors bail out of riskier currencies — it's time for your Tuesday FX Fix.

  • New York Maid Hits Strauss-Kahn With Civil Lawsuit Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 6:52 AM ET
    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MAY 10: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves the Second Annual Conference of International Monetary Fund held at the Baur au Lac Hotel on May 10, 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland. The conference hosted by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), brought together central bank governors and senior policymakers, to debat about the reform of the international monetary system with topics such as global liquidity p

    Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted a housekeeper in a "violent and sadistic attack" in his hotel suite in Manhattan in May, a civil lawsuit filed on Monday alleges.

  • Europe's Leaders Play Tennis While Markets Implode Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 4:36 AM ET

    August is famously the month when most of Europe hits the beach. Markets are quiet, parliaments are closed, and very little happens.

  • Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Following huge losses for the Dow on Monday and further selling in Asia overnight, the markets are watching what the Fed and Ben Bernanke will do at their July Meeting today. Speculation is mounting that the Fed will attempt to restore calm but one fund manager thinks that policy action is unnecessary.

  • S&P President: We Have No Political Agenda Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 5:14 PM ET

    Standard & Poor's president defended his company's downgrade of the U.S. triple-A credit rating, saying S&P had no political agenda and was not overcompensating for missing the subprime mortgage mess that precipitated the current economic situation, the president said.

  • No Time to Panic, This Economy Can Hold Up Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 4:52 PM ET

    During a period like this, with stocks plunging almost on a daily basis, it’s clear that fear and shock are ruling the roost. But fear can be overdone. As someone who has been around awhile and has seen many sell-offs, let me offer some advice: Do not panic. Market corrections come and go. They are not the end of the world. Most times they are actually healthy.

  • Farrell: Fed Is Out of Bullets Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 3:25 PM ET
    Bernanke Testifies to Congress on U.S. Monetary Policy

    Ben cut interest rates to zero, devised a zillion bowls of "alphabet soup" rescue programs as the Wall Street Journal put it, and bought every bond put out for bid and ballooned the Fed's balance sheet by trillions. Maybe it saved us from disaster, but we haven't seen the growth expected.

  • How to Trade the Next Rating Cuts Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 2:10 PM ET
    Businessman with crystal ball

    Now that Standard & Poor's has done the unthinkable, you need to know who might take the next ratings hit. Here's the list, and how to trade it.

  • El-Erian: Making Sense of Today's News Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 2:01 PM ET

    Why isn’t the price of U.S. Treasurys falling after the S&P downgrade; why are equities under pressure; and why is gold surging? Developments in Treasurys appear, at first sight, the most puzzling.

  • Farrell: Pelosi Was Right Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 1:54 PM ET
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly news conference at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

    I hate to say it, but Nancy was right! I try to be apolitical. I think I succeed most of the time. Trashing both parties more or less equally allows me to stay balanced. So in that continuing effort to stay bland and uninteresting, I have to give mention to Nancy Pelosi who said a few weeks ago it might take a decline of hundreds of points in the market to get the Republicans attention.

  • Obama Addresses S&P Downgrade Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 1:53 PM ET
    Obama Addresses S&P Downgrade

    President Obama speaks out on the downgrade of U.S. debt, saying our problems do not stem from a lack of confidence in our credit, but rather our challenge is to control our deficits over the long term.

  • Don't Call It a Downgrade Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 11:11 AM ET

    This financial situation is no joke, but when times get tough, Americans cope by cracking wise.

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    The markets around the world are rattled silly this morning by the first ever downgrade of the U.S. Government’s debt by Standard & Poors.  That is understandable but not, in my mind, rational.

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    In the U.S., is it the fall of the Roman Empire or will our anemic growth pick up steam and help us out of the economic doldrums? Here are five questions to ask.

  • Farr: What the Markets Hate Most Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 10:17 AM ET

    One of the first things investors learn after “buy low and sell high” is that markets hate uncertainty.

  • Farrell: The Downgrade Is a National Disgrace Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 9:51 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    To be downgraded is a national disgrace. It comes about via a political battle that should never have been fought.

  • Dollar Weakens, Euro Slips Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 8:12 AM ET

    The dollar deflates, the euro loses steam, and Moody's wants Japan to leave the yen alone - time for your FX Fix.