Dec 19, 2011 It's been said Congress is "kicking the can" in the debate over the payroll tax. But where exactly did that phrase come from and why has it become a metaphor for political dysfunction?
Dec 16, 2011 A deal to avoid government shutdown was reached in Washington yesterday, but one of the provisions of the deal means that new laws surrounding light bulbs won't be enforced for the time being.
Dec 16, 2011 Long-term budget issues in Washington are yet to be resolved, but it is likely that leaders will settle on a temporary two month extension of the payroll tax cuts.
Dec 16, 2011 News that the government won't shutdown this weekend over payroll tax cut seems a bit like someone promising not to poke you in the eye after all.
Dec 14, 2011 The payroll tax cuts expire at the end of the year, and the clock is ticking to make a decision to renew them or not. Why can they help or hurt the economy?
Dec 14, 2011 David Mark, senior editor at Politico, explains why he thinks lawmakers will hammer out a deal on payroll tax cuts and the budget soon.
Dec 14, 2011 The House and the Senate face a number of decisions before they can head off for the holidays. Is another government shutdown possible?
Dec 8, 2011 Major retailers like Costco and Walmart often act as indicators of the overall economy, because they can reveal trends for what -- and if -- people are buying.
Dec 7, 2011 Yesterday, the president spoke about the loss of the American dream. But just how much is the middle class really shrinking?
Dec 8, 2011 President Obama continues his quest to extend payroll tax cuts, and delivered a big speech on the economy yesterday in Kansas. Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich is ahead in the polls, but far behind in raising funds for his campaign. The fate of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remains unknown, and today the FDA decides whether one drug should be sold over-the-counter.