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Congress Political Leaders


  • More Fiscal Warfare on the Horizon Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 12:32 AM ET

    A new round of fiscal warfare is in store for the US over the coming months as a new congressional committee is formed to find extra savings from the most sensitive areas of the budget, the FT reported.

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    With the debt ceiling crisis looming, we are at risk of losing the momentum America has gained toward energy independence and achieving a cleaner, greener future.

  • What the Debt Deal Means for the Dollar Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 10:51 AM ET

    The debt deal's all well and good, but the dollar is still on track to weaken, this strategist says.

  • From Spending to Cuts, While the Economy Stalls Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 10:06 AM ET
    Barack Obama meets for budget talks with congressional leaders July 10, 2011 in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, including House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (L), and House Speaker John Boehner.

    The nation’s political leaders agreed on Sunday to spend and invest less money in the American economy, a step that economists said risks the reversal of a faltering recovery, in the hope of improving the nation’s long-term prosperity. The New York Times reports.

  • Debt-Ceiling Deal Doesn't Lift the Dollar Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:15 AM ET

    Pffffft! Even a deal on the debt ceiling only lifts the dollar briefly - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Donald Trump: The Art of the Debt Deal Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 7:30 AM ET
    Donald Trump: The Art of the Debt Deal

    At some point in life, you have to balance the budget, says Donald Trump, Trump Organization chairman/president, who says the debt ceiling deal is more of a down payment and not an effort to balance the nation's budget.

  • 'Selective Default' Only Solution to US Debt: CIO Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 6:42 AM ET

    The U.S. should choose to default instead of delaying the inevitable by raising the debt ceiling without dealing with the crux of the financial problems, David Murrin, chief investment officer at Emergent Asset Management told CNBC Monday.

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    Sunday night's deal that will see the US debt ceiling raised if it passes a vote in the House is merely a "band aid" and certainly not a game changer,  according to an assessment from Barclays Capital.

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    Following the last-minute debt deal agreed by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, one strategist is predicting the rating agencies should downgrade US debt by two notches.

  • Obama Accused of ‘Surrender’ as Debt Vote Looms Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 2:30 AM ET

    On a weekend of high drama, President Barack Obama finally managed to get congressional leaders on both sides of the political divide to agree on a compromise plan to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a potentially devastating default.

  • UK Recovery Slower Than Expected: CBI Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 2:18 AM ET

    The UK economy will grow slower in 2011 than previously anticipated – 1.3 percent, compared to forecasts of 1.7 percent – and its 2012 growth will be a "modest" 2.2 percent, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), an influential business organization.

  • Nation Calls Capitol Mad, and It Agrees Saturday, 30 Jul 2011 | 3:18 PM ET

    If the rest of the country thinks that Washington has gone mad this summer, that is pretty much the view in this bewildered capital, too. The New York Times reports.

  • A Trade for a Weekend of Uncertainty Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 8:21 PM ET

    As August 2 nears, a debt-ceiling deal appears to be receding. Here's how to hedge against the Washington cacophony.

  • Using Currencies to Protect Against Default Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 7:13 PM ET

    The House and the Senate are ready to rumble over debt plans. Here's how to trade the uncertainty.

  • CNBC.com Market Outlook Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 5:00 PM ET
    CNBC.com Market Outlook

    The week's top business news and investment advice, including debt bets and commodities plays.

  • Trump: I May Run for President if Economy Stays Bad Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 4:35 PM ET
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    Real estate mogul Donald Trump said Friday he'd consider running for president — again — if the U.S. economy "continues to be bad: and "if the Republicans pick the wrong candidate."

  • Can Obama Go At It Alone on Debt Limit? Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 11:00 AM ET
    Can Obama Go At It Alone on Debt Limit?

    The latest on Congressional leaders speaking out on debt talks, with CNBC's Eamon Javers and CNBC's John Harwood.

  • Debt Debate Will Be 'Cathartic' in Long Term: McCulley Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 10:32 AM ET

    Paul McCulley told CNBC Friday that if he was still a portfolio manager at Pimco he would be "very concerned" in the short term about the inability of Congress and President Obama to reach an agreement on the debt ceiling by Aug. 2. But in the long term, McCulley said, "it wouldn’t disturb me, it would actually make me somewhat positive."

  • Paul McCulley: Debt Ceiling Debate Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 8:34 AM ET
    Paul McCulley: Debt Ceiling Debate

    In the short-term prospective, I'd be very concerned, this is a big event in terms on how the markets with readjust to a fundamental change in the rules of the game. Discussing the debt debate, with Paul McCulley, former Pimco portfolio manager/managing director.

  • Spain's on Notice, Yen's on a Short Leash Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 7:29 AM ET

    A warning on Spain dents the euro and Japanese officials want the yen lower, thank you. It's time for your Friday FX Fix.