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President could make good on U.S. obligations

Jun 24, 2011
Some scholars say it is illegal for the U.S. to default on its obligations -- and the president could have the bills paid by executive order.

Can U.S. debt negotiators learn from Greece?

Jun 24, 2011
Debt discussions fell apart in Washington yesterday. But as international lenders get on board with Greece's deficit-cutting plans, should U.S. lawmakers be taking note?

Budget talks reach an impasse

Jun 23, 2011
Efforts led by Vice President Joe Biden to reach a deficit-reduction deal shut down today as Republican representative Eric Cantor said he was pulling out of the discussions.

The economics of the Afghanistan troop drawdown

Jun 22, 2011
Washington bureau chief John Dimsdale discusses what to expect from President Obama's speech on Afghanistan tonight, and how much the troop drawdown will save us.

All eyes on the debt debates

Jun 22, 2011
Lawmakers are scrambling this week to come up with a deal to raise the nation's borrowing limit. Richard DeKaser, economist with the Parthenon Group, explains how any decision could impact the markets.

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.

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