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Julia Coronado: The White House budget proposal

Feb 14, 2011
President Obama will release his 2012 budget plan today. It's expected to contain stringent spending cuts, but republicans already are staging their opposition. Jeremy Hobson speaks with Julia Coronado, chief economist at the investment bank BNP Paribas, about the proposal.

Obama budget targets discretionary spending

Feb 13, 2011
President Obama gives Congress his budget proposal for the next fiscal year on Monday, and how he plans to tackle two issues - the federal govern...
Posted In: budget cuts, obama budget

House GOP calls for $100 billion spending cut

Feb 12, 2011
Tea Party members got the upper hand today. The House Appropriations Committee now wants $100 billion in spending cuts over what President Obama requested for 2011.

Weekly Wrap: Fannie and Freddie Mac, the federal budget

Feb 11, 2011
Kai Ryssdal talks to Leigh Gallagher from Fortune magazine and Sudeep Reddy from the Wall Street Journal about the dismantling of Fannie and Freddie Mac and what they hope and expect to see with the federal budget.
Posted In: Housing

White House budget to give states relief

Feb 9, 2011
President Obama wants to let states suspend billions in interest payments on money borrowed from the federal government to cover unemployment benefits.
Posted In: Jobs

Richard DeKaser: Bernanke defends the bond buying program

Feb 9, 2011
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will defend the Fed's $600 billion bond buying program today when he testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill. Jeremy Hobson speaks with economist Richard DeKaser about the expected outcome of today's hearing.
Posted In: The Federal Reserve

U.K.: Wealthy immigrants wanted

Feb 7, 2011
British Prime Minister David Cameron's new immigration rules could cap the number of people from outside Europe who can settle in the country, but the Financial Times newspaper reports the rules could also create a fast track for wealthy immigrants to move to the U.K. Christopher Werth has more.
Posted In: Immigration

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.