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Debating tax cuts and the deficit

Sep 23, 2010
President Obama's recently departed budget director, Peter Orszag, recently said that letting all the tax cuts expire this year would bring the U.S. within striking distance of balancing the budget. Economics editor Chris Farrell talks with Bill Radke about what that tells us.

Summers's gone, now what?

Sep 22, 2010
Kai Ryssdal talks to Sarah Rosen Wartell, executive vice president at the Center for American Progress, about Larry Summers' departure from the White House and what it means for President Obama's economic policy.

Obama's top economic adviser out

Sep 22, 2010
The White House announced that top economic adviser Larry Summers will be leaving at the end of the year, the latest in a string of departures. Reporter Alisa Roth talks with Bill Radke about whether Summers' departure is a reaction to Republican criticism of Obama's economic team.

Some in Congress want biennial budget

Sep 21, 2010
The federal government's budget year ends September 30th. But Congress is nowhere near passage of a new one. Well, when you can't meet a deadline, why not try to push it back? Janet Babin reports.

Unrelated elements in Defense bill

Sep 20, 2010
The Senate this week takes up a bill to approve Pentagon operations for next year. It's considered a bill everybody can support. But lawmakers this year have loaded some extra baggage on the must-pass bill. John Dimsdale reports.

Weekly Wrap: The week of the consumer

Sep 17, 2010
Kai Ryssdal talks to Leigh Gallagher from Fortune Magazine and Sudeep Reddy from the Wall Street Journal about

Warren as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Sep 17, 2010
It's official -- Elizabeth Warren will head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Marketplace's Jeremy Hobson looks at what responsibilities and Warren will have in her new position.

Are municipal bonds still a safe investment?

Sep 17, 2010
With American cities facing unprecedented budget cuts, the municipal bonds market is causing concerns. But experts say that by keeping a close eye, investors can still have a lot of leverage.
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Obama taking time with new appointments

Sep 16, 2010
Kai talks to Barbara Rehm of American Banker on what's taking the administration so long to fill the positions created by the financial reform bill.

Will U.S. take action against China and the yuan?

Sep 16, 2010
The Obama Administration is putting out a lot of tough talk about China artificially undervaluing the yuan, but economists are wondering if anything will be done about it.