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Trying to find compromise before a government shutdown

Apr 7, 2011
Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz discusses the GOP's side of the budget discussions.

Europe minds the U.S. government shutdown

Apr 7, 2011
The BBC's Rebecca Singer explains why economists and investors are watching the U.S. budget situation closely.

A federal shutdown has economic consequences

Apr 7, 2011
If the government closes for just a few days, the economic effect amounts to a bad blizzard. If it lasts longer, it could affect the fragile economic recovery.

The debt ceiling explained

Apr 7, 2011
Why the U.S. debt ceiling is such a big deal, and what could happen if it's not raised.

Shutdown boils down to essential vs.non-essential programs

Apr 6, 2011
As the government faces a potential shutdown over failing budget negotiations, federal employees are being divided into two camps: essential and non-essential.

What a government shutdown means for the economic recovery

Apr 6, 2011
The ongoing budget standoff on Capitol Hill means a shutdown of the federal government could be on the way. Economist Diane Lim Rogers explains what a government shutdown would mean for the economic recovery.

Possible government shutdown threatens Tax Day, foreign aid

Apr 6, 2011
As the clock winds down on negotiations to avoid a government shutdown, agencies like the IRS and programs that provide foreign aid wait to see how a shutdown would affect operations.

Supply side economics underpins Ryan budget roadmap

Apr 6, 2011
Rep. Paul Ryan's roadmap says slashing spending and taxes would generate billions in tax revenues, a new housing boom, and give us 2.8 percent unemployment by 2021. Really?

Rep. Paul Ryan unveils 2012 budget blueprint

Apr 5, 2011
The House budget committee chair's plan packs in a lot, including tax cuts. Marketplace asks how a deficit-slashing plan can also cut taxes.

Federal budget deal hanging

Apr 5, 2011
Time is ticking down. Without a deal on fiscal 2011, the federal government shuts down Friday. And lots of federal workers won't be working.

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