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Tour the new consumer finance protection agency

Jul 21, 2011
The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opens today in Washington, one year after President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law. A tour of the offices shows what the bureau is as it opens, even though it has yet to get a director.

U.S. debt ceiling plans take some shape

Jul 21, 2011
Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial, takes a look at the debt debates in Washington.

Analyst: No good way to prepare for Greek, U.S. defaults

Jul 21, 2011
Guy LeBas, chief fixed income strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott, explains how temporary defaults in both Greece and the U.S. could affect markets.

DC walking tour: The CFPB friends and foes

Jul 21, 2011
Economy 4.0's David Brancaccio takes us to the government institutions that can help -- and hurt -- the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Sen. Mark Warner: 'It's time for us to do the right thing'

Jul 20, 2011
Sen. Mark Warner of the "Gang of Six" discusses how he feels about the debt ceiling negotiations, and whether the group's proposed deficit-reduction plan can pass.

Economist: 'Gang of Six' has best debt-ceiling plan

Jul 20, 2011
Richard DeKaser, an economist with the Parthenon Group in Boston, explains why he thinks the bipartisan group's 'grand bargain' has the greatest chance at passing.

'Gang of Six' Senators propose debt compromise

Jul 20, 2011
A new package in the works would not only raise the debt ceiling, but would also take a bite out of the nation's public debt. But could it pass in time for the August 2nd default deadline?

Lobbyists are slowing Dodd-Frank rulemaking

Jul 20, 2011
Soon to be one year since it was passed, the financial reform law is getting a lot of attention from industry lobbyists trying to sway its rules in their favor.

Balanced-budget amendment would do what?

Jul 19, 2011
A Republican proposal for an amendment requiring the U.S. government to balance its budget won't pass Congress. But it's worth looking at why the government doesn't have that requirement.

Where are women in the debt talks?

Jul 19, 2011
Besides House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, there are no women in the leadership of the debt ceiling debates. Congresswoman Susan Davis, a Democrat from California, says that should change.

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