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How will the payroll tax cut be paid for?

Dec 23, 2011
The payroll tax cut is expected to be extended for another two months. How will lawmakers come up with the billions it's going to cost?
Posted In: payroll tax, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Is payroll tax extension a win for consumers?

Dec 23, 2011
The payroll tax cut extension amounts to an extra $1,000 in the average workers' pocket for 2012. What does it mean for the economy?
Posted In: payroll tax

Lessons learned from Washington's down-to-the-wire deadlines

Dec 23, 2011
What have Wall Street economists learned from watching Washington lawmakers duke it out over things like extending the payroll tax cuts?
Posted In: Wall Street, Washington, payroll tax

PODCAST: Who gets the big holiday tips, impact of the payroll tax cut extension

Dec 23, 2011
Congress has passed the payroll tax cut extension. We take a look at what the means for consumers. We have some numbers for you: Consumer spending grew just 0.1 percent in November, while orders for U.S. factory goods went up 3.8 percent. Plus, what is the most pessimistic country in the world? And find out which professions receive the biggest holiday tips.
Posted In: consumer spending, France, payroll tax, tips

Has the ECB action helped avert a banking crisis?

Dec 22, 2011
The European Central Bank yesterday printed $640 billion worth of euros, almost the same amount of money as the TARP program used by the U.S. government during the financial crisis in 2008.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, European Central Bank, banking

Attitude Check: Do the payroll tax cuts matter?

Dec 22, 2011
We speak to Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at Gallup, about whether Americans want the payroll tax extended, and what the controversy in Washington could do to consumer confidence.
Posted In: payroll tax, Washington D.C.

The economic story of the year: Politics

Dec 22, 2011
We speak to Diane Swonk about weekly jobless numbers, the payroll tax debate in Washington, and why politics effects economics more than ever.
Posted In: politics, payroll tax, weekly jobless

PODCAST: GDP revised, bear-ing the Mexican border

Dec 22, 2011
In the U.S., Gross Domestic Product revisions are out today, and the hope is that the number will keep improving as long as problems in Europe, and Washington, don't stunt that growth. In one North Carolina town, local business play nice to help each other out during recession. The Lone Star State loses as many as half a billion trees in 2011, and that's not including the wildfires. And in this week's Attitude Check, we look at how Americans are really feeling about the potential payroll tax cut extension.
Posted In: GDP, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), weekly jobless

Lower jobless claims, better consumer sentiment point to improved outlook

Dec 22, 2011
Jack Ablin discusses how today's economic numbers point to a brighter future.
Posted In: Unemployment, bull market

Understanding the year-end unemployment drop

Dec 22, 2011
What's behind the drop in unemployment claims?
Posted In: unemployment

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