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Lawmakers hope to settle debt debate by Fourth of July recess

Jun 22, 2011
Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen discusses the recent debt talks, and explains how the Democrats and Republicans are working to find an agreement.

What's it going to cost us to bring the troops home?

Jun 22, 2011
Todd Harrison, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, explains what it means financially to start bringing troops home from Afghanistan.

Troop reduction won't stop military spending on Afghanistan

Jun 22, 2011
President Obama is expected to announce today that he will bring home 10,000 troops later this year. Spending on the war has been criticized as the national debt continues to grow, but will President Obama's troop re-call have a large impact on military spending?

AARP waffles on Social Security cuts

Jun 17, 2011
The lobbying group for older Americans is reported to be open to reducing Social Security benefits, but then backtracks amid a political firestorm.

What Washington can agree on: Golf

Jun 17, 2011
When the president and speaker of the House play golf, it won't be the first time opposing sides agree -- at least to a game.

Cost estimate for a non-war

Jun 16, 2011
President Obama says U.S. action in Libya doesn't fall under War Powers Act -- and its cost is limited.

Diane Swonk: Lawmakers nearing the end of debt debates

Jun 16, 2011
Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial, just returned from Washington D.C. where she was meeting with the power players in the debt debate. She says the lawmakers are nearing a preliminary, 'real deal' agreement.

House Republicans tackle the budget

Jun 15, 2011
The House is moving forward on passing spending bills to meet the fiscal year deadline of Oct. 1. Whether its political will is all for naught, though, is yet to be seen.

Postal service industry leaders gather to discuss the future of snail mail

Jun 15, 2011
Last month, the United States Postal Service announced a $2.2 billion loss for the first quarter of 2011. With more and more transactions like bill payments occurring online, what does the future look like for the USPS?

With clock ticking, lawmakers resume debt discussions

Jun 14, 2011
Vice President Joe Biden and congressional negotiators will resume debt reduction discussions today. New faces, such las Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke are joining the talks today in hopes of avoiding a federal default.

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