• 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

  • December 14, 2011  

    In other news Wednesday, the stalemate in Congress over extending the payroll tax cut continued as Senate Democrats said they will reject a House GOP bill that would extend it, but includes a mandate that work will begin on the Keystone XL pipeline. Also, the House debated a defense spending bill worth more than $660 billion. Continue reading

  • December 13, 2011  

    The Republican-led House passed legislation Tuesday to continue a payroll tax cut extension that affects 160 million workers, but Democrats balked at a separate provision that would force federal approval of the hotly debated Keystone oil pipeline to run from Canada to Texas. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • December 2, 2011  

    In an interview with Judy Woodruff Friday, former President Bill Clinton discussed his new book, “Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy,” his new collaboration with President Obama to promote energy efficiency and create jobs, his 2012 predictions and his relationship with GOP candidate Newt Gingrich. Continue reading

  • November 30, 2011  

    President Obama wants to extend a payroll tax cut and many Republicans do too, but both sides are far apart on how to get it done. Gwen Ifill discusses how the extension could be funded with White House National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. Continue reading

  • November 22, 2011  

    The failure of the deficit supercommittee echoed Tuesday on the campaign trail as President Obama pressed Republicans in New Hampshire to support extending payroll tax cuts for another year. Ray Suarez discusses the failed congressional effort with Paul Krugman of Princeton University and Martin Feldstein of Harvard University. Continue reading

  • November 21, 2011  

    The bipartisan congressional committee charged with cutting the U.S. deficit admitted failure on Monday. Judy Woodruff discusses the legislative logjam with Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and Henry Aaron of the Brookings Institution. Continue reading