• May 16, 2012  

    Battle lines were being drawn again Wednesday for a new fight over raising the U.S. borrowing limit, foreshadowing a replay of last year’s stalemate. Judy Woodruff, Todd Zwillich of “The Takeaway” and Roll Call’s Steve Dennis discuss the renewed war of words and how a new debt battle might shape the presidential campaign. Continue reading

  • May 10, 2012  

    In other news Thursday, House Republicans pushed through a bill to prevent a 10 percent cut in the U.S. defense budget by cutting $300 billion in food stamps, health care and federal pensions, over 10 years. Also, Greece’s struggle to form a new government entered a third round. Continue reading

  • April 3, 2012  

    In a blistering attack on the House-Passed Republican budget Tuesday, President Obama called the plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan a “Trojan Horse” and “a prescription for decline.” Judy Woodruff, Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the CATO Institute’s Daniel Mitchell discuss the GOP budget plan.

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  • March 20, 2012  

    A budget proposed Tuesday by House Republicans was met with stiff resistance from Democrats — including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insisting it would not pass. Judy Woodruff and the American Enterprise Institute’s Norman Ornstein discuss the ongoing partisan standoff and another fight over a stalled transportation bill. Continue reading

  • March 9, 2012  

    Despite myriad tax collections — from income to Social Security, the U.S. still has a budget deficit of $1.3 trillion. In this Need to Know excerpt, Ray Suarez and a panel of experts including former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer examine specifically how the country could raise more money while making the tax code fairer. Continue reading

  • February 13, 2012  

    Unveiling a $3.8 trillion budget blueprint on Monday, President Obama cast the plan as an essential tool to spur economic growth and noted that tough choices would put the country “on a more sustainable fiscal path.” Republicans called the plan a “campaign document.” Ray Suarez reports. Continue reading

  • January 31, 2012  

    In other news Tuesday, the death toll neared 60 in a sub-zero cold wave across Central and Eastern Europe as temperatures dropped to -17 degrees Fahrenheit in some places. Also, the Food and Drug Administration approved a drug called Kalydeco for use by 1,200 patients with a rare form of cystic fibrosis. Continue reading

  • January 26, 2012  

    In a time of scarce resources, plans to cut deficits and reduce spending can develop into campaign issues. Judy Woodruff and Tom Edsall, a longtime Washington Post reporter who’s now a New York Times columnist and journalism professor, discuss how austerity could shape and define American politics this election year and beyond. Continue reading

  • January 25, 2012  

    In his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, President Obama spoke about his economic goals for the country. Gwen Ifill discusses the broader points, including fairness, taxes and American manufacturing, with Heather Boushey of the Center for American Progress and Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the American Action Forum. Continue reading

  • January 11, 2012  

    Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores the question of just how high U.S. tax rates should or shouldn’t be and examines the relationship between economic activity and tax rates. It’s part of his ongoing reporting series, Making Sen$e of financial news. Continue reading