Jan 1, 2013 The Senate deal permanently raises income taxes for individuals making more than $400,000 a year. It delays -- for just two months -- most of those automatic spending cuts that were set to kick in. And it includes a number of other provisions to stave off the most pressing aspects of the fiscal cliff.
Dec 31, 2012 'Bridges to Nowhere' and other pork-barrel spending used to be the grease for deal-making in Congress.
Dec 28, 2012 For two years, paychecks have been a little fatter thanks to a payroll-tax cut. But did it stimulate the economy, and what happens when it goes away?
Dec 21, 2012 It was called "Plan B" -- a way to avoid some of the tax increases that are part of the fiscal cliff without putting together a broad bipartisan deal before the New Year.
Dec 12, 2012 Not all lawmakers at the end of their term are ready for retirement. An executive recruiter talks about how these "former electeds" make their way into the private sector.
Dec 6, 2012 Fewer Americans filed for jobless benefits last week. Claims fell for the third straight week. What role did superstorm Sandy play in the fall in unemployment claims?
Dec 5, 2012 Ethics rules lay out how much holiday cheer members and staff can have on lobbyists' dime.
Nov 26, 2012 During the recession, Congress lengthened unemployment aid to a maximum of 99 weeks. If not renewed, the current extension will expire at the end of the year.
Nov 15, 2012 When it comes to the fiscal cliff, Americans do not give Republicans or Democrats a mandate on the issue.