Washington D.C.


A step backward on energy-efficient lighting

Dec 16, 2011
After industry agreed to the terms of making more efficient light bulbs widely available, Congress has back tracked on enforcing the law.
Posted In: light bulbs, energy efficiency, Washington D.C., politics

Will Congress soon decide on a budget plan?

Dec 16, 2011
For now, it looks at though leaders in Washington will push back any long lasting decisions on the deficit into next year.
Posted In: politics, Washington D.C., federal budget

PODCAST: Austerity for the holidays

Dec 16, 2011
Congress reaches a deal to avoid a government shutdown -- and it hinges around light bulbs. Retired Americans are no longer shipping off to Florida when they are done working. On the front lines of the European debt crisis, Italy passes austerity measures proposed by new Prime Minister Mario Monti.
Posted In: Washington D.C., austerity

Bipartisan Medicare deal proposed in Washington

Dec 15, 2011
This morning, a right-wing Republican and left-wing Democrat have announced a plan to reform Medicare that may -- that may -- put policy over politics.
Posted In: health care, Medicare, Washington D.C.

R & D tax cut could expire

Dec 15, 2011
The budget debate in Washington has put a lot of programs in danger, including those that depend on research and development tax cuts to innovate.
Posted In: research and development, Washington D.C., federal budget

PODCAST: Shed your tie for Mother Earth, Will Ferrell's beer of choice

Dec 15, 2011
With the Iowa caucuses just a few weeks out, we take at closer look at the economic policies of Republican candidate Newt Gingrich. Federal student aid programs could be on the chopping block. Russia is about to get its invitation to join the World Trade Organization as ministers from the group's 153 members meet in Geneva. And our weekly Attitude Check, part of our partnership with Gallup, looks at how Americans feel about the crisis in Europe.
Posted In: Will Ferrell, basketball, Europe debt crisis, Washington D.C.

Weekly jobless numbers hit three year low

Dec 15, 2011
The number of Americans filing new unemployment claims this week has fallen to the lowest point since May of 2008 -- and it isn't just holiday retail hiring causing the shift.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment, Washington D.C.

Payroll tax cut decision should come soon

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.
Posted In: politics, payroll tax, Washington D.C.

Will a balanced budget requirement come to the U.S.?

Dec 9, 2011
As news from Europe points to greater fiscal scrutiny for countries in the EU, questions are raised as to whether a balanced budget amendment here at home could finally pass.
Posted In: Washington D.C., federal budget

President Obama takes aim at rising inequality

Dec 7, 2011
Yesterday, the president spoke about the loss of the American dream. But just how much is the middle class really shrinking?
Posted In: middle class, Barack Obama, payroll tax, Washington D.C.