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Egypt's, Tunisia's economies face similar challenges

Feb 7, 2011
Egypt's banks have opened after a week of closures. But Egypt still faces massive poverty, rising food prices, and high unemployment. The same troubles are present in Tunisia -- where a new transitional government is working to address the country's serious economic problems. From Tunisia, Sabri Ben-Achour reports.

Fed chair says time to cut trillion-dollar budget deficit

Feb 3, 2011
Ben Bernanke said today the deficit threatens the economy. If it isn't slashed, investors in government debt could demand higher interest rates. That could spike the recovery.
Posted In: The Federal Reserve

Mr. Bernanke: What have you done for me lately?

Feb 3, 2011
Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke will take questions from the press today at the National Press Club. The Fed chairman has spoken to the journalists in the past, but formal press conferences by a sitting chairman are not the norm. Scott Tong has more.

Diane Swonk: Ben Bernanke addresses the press

Feb 3, 2011
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks with reporters today at the National Press Club, as part of the Fed's effort to improve communication with the public.

Treasury resets debt ceiling to April or May

Feb 2, 2011
Some lawmakers don't want to lift that $14 trillion ceiling. Instead, they say pay interest to holders of government debt. Everyone else could get left holding the bag.

Latin American workers return home

Jan 31, 2011
The global economic crisis dried up jobs in the U.S. and Europe, forcing many Latin American workers to return to their home countries.
Posted In: Immigration, Jobs

Obama wants to snip discretionary spending

Jan 26, 2011
President Obama proposes budget cuts of $400 billion over a decade. Senator Rand Paul proposes cuts of half a trillion in a year. Cutting what's realistic is the issue.

Fed holds its first policy meeting of 2011

Jan 26, 2011
Now that the economy is picking up, Fed leaders have to decide whether it's time to shift tactics and stop snapping up billions in bonds to keep interest rates low.

Paul Ryan to give Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union

Jan 25, 2011
Tonight, President Obama talks to the nation about the State of the Union. And after the address the nation will hear from up-and-coming GOP House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. The Wall Street Journal's Janet Hook has more.

Obama: "Dumb" red tape for business must go

Jan 18, 2011
President Obama has ordered a review of regulations that might stifle economic growth. He wants to remove federal rules that are outdated, unnecessary, and "just plain dumb." But for small businesses, state and local regulations can be a big chill on hiring and growth.
Posted In: Small Business