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    1. July 16, 2014

      US recovery could test healthcare gains

      Hopes that the US is finally tackling its most difficult long-term fiscal challenge – the growth in healthcare spending –...

    2. May 9, 2014

      Mitt Romney backs Obama on minimum wage

      Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, backed President Barack Obama on what is arguably his top domestic...

    1. April 14, 2014

      Healthcare law to cost less than thought

      Barack Obama’s healthcare law will cost the US government less than previously thought, helping to cut the budget deficit...

    2. April 7, 2014

      Forecasts of US fiscal Armageddon are wrong

      Conventional wisdom has it that the American national debt is out of control, and that cutting the federal deficit is an...

    3. April 1, 2014

      Obamacare numbers top seven million

      Four years after it passed into law, the signature social reform of Barack Obama’s presidency has finally paid dividends,...

    4. April 1, 2014

      Republicans plan balanced budget in 10 years

      Congressional Republicans laid out a fresh blueprint to balance the US federal budget within 10 years through sweeping...

    5. March 20, 2014

      US debates fiscal impact of Fannie and Freddie

      The intensifying focus on what to do with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is highlighting a fundamental question about the...

    6. February 28, 2014

      Obama seeks poll dividend from wage fight

      Just four city blocks divides the White House from the part-time workers in the Gap store on Washington’s Connecticut...

    7. February 19, 2014

      US budget office caught in political crossfire

      Doug Elmendorf was given a stuffed skunk when he became director of the Congressional Budget Office, the relatively obscure...

    8. February 19, 2014

      Higher pay for America’s poor

      Nothing in Washington is simple. President Barack Obama thought he had a solid case to raise the US federal minimum wage to...

    9. FT Alphaville

      February 19, 2014

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE UK drunkenness, tabulated The practicalities of EU QE More on Abenomics and the...

    10. FT Alphaville

      February 19, 2014

      The 6am London Cut

      Markets: Asian equity markets pulled back in response to more signals that the US economy slowed down last month. US...

    11. February 18, 2014

      US minimum wage rise may cost 500,000 jobs, says CBO

      Barack Obama’s preferred option for lifting the federal minimum wage could cause a loss of 500,000 jobs in the US by the...

    12. February 11, 2014

      Obama delays part of health reform implementation

      The Obama administration has delayed the implementation of another part of its troubled landmark health reform, giving...

    13. February 6, 2014

      Obamacare and the effect on jobs

      Republicans have long argued that President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform will be a “jobs killer”. This week the...

    14. FT Alphaville

      February 5, 2014

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Not All Forms of Wealth Are Equally Pernicious: The future does not belong to high...

    15. February 4, 2014

      US deficit falls but long-term picture is bleak, says CBO

      The US budget deficit will fall to 3 per cent of economic output this year, close to the pre-crisis norm, the Congressional...

    16. November 12, 2013

      Healthcare companies say new ‘Obamacare’ fees should be dropped

      Healthcare companies, including big US hospital chains and insurance groups, are seeking to overturn new fees which would...

    17. FT Alphaville

      October 30, 2013

      Healthcare costs and the debt

      A note from Capital Economics makes a series of points that have been covered in other places but are worth repeating. Most...

    18. October 22, 2013

      The reality of America’s fiscal future

      From the frenzied political battle and clashes of opinion of recent weeks, an observer might conclude the US faces fiscal...

    19. October 14, 2013

      A fiscal farrago that could yet prove good for the US economy

      The federal government is shut down, we are within days of default on Treasury debt, and it is still just possible the whole...

    20. October 13, 2013

      The battle over the US budget is the wrong fight

      This month Washington is consumed by the impasse over reopening the government and raising the debt limit. It seems likely...

    21. October 10, 2013

      US forecast for next year points to significant headway at last

      The tale of the US economy during the past four years has been of the struggle between the engine of an increasingly strong...

    22. October 3, 2013

      Treasury bill yields rise on US default fears

      Money market funds dumped October Treasury bills on Thursday, in the first sign of investor unease that Washington may not...

    23. September 29, 2013

      The Republican lost cause – bringing Barack Obama down

      There is no need to watch Gone with the Wind to grasp the American south’s taste for lost causes. Just watch Congress. Some...

    24. Gavyn Davies

      September 12, 2013

      Lies, damned lies and the US unemployment statistics

      The Fed has said that it will taper its asset purchases next week if it judges that the labour market outlook has improved...

    25. FT Alphaville

      August 9, 2013

      Shrinking US deficit update, and a new debt ceiling projection

      From a note this morning by economists at Barclays: The US federal budget deficit has been improving at a dramatic pace in...

    26. August 6, 2013

      Think-tank urges US to switch to ‘territorial’ tax system

      US companies would repatriate as much as $1.6tn – or the bulk of the cash they have stashed overseas – if America overhauls...

    27. July 14, 2013

      Simpson and Bowles are wrong on US debt

      Even before the 2008 crisis, America’s deficit hawks were warning the US was heading the way of Greece. They were wrong then...

    28. July 8, 2013

      US deficit expected to shrink to $759bn

      The White House is expecting the US budget deficit to shrink to $759bn, or 4.7 per cent of gross domestic product, during...

    29. June 18, 2013

      US immigration bill would aid deficit

      The comprehensive immigration reform plan outlined by the Senate would reduce the US’s federal deficit by a net $175bn over...

    30. June 6, 2013

      US told to reset deficit reduction debate

      An influential liberal think-tank with close ties to the White House is calling for a “reset” of the US political debate on...

    31. May 16, 2013

      Watch out, Washington – the sea is rising

      The US is a land of abundance – especially when it comes to capital cities. We have a political capital in Washington, a...

    32. May 14, 2013

      US deficit falls faster than expected

      The US budget deficit is declining faster than expected as the rebound of the world’s largest economy helps the government...

    33. April 4, 2013

      Delta: party hangover

      Is the equities party about to end, or at least start to wind down? Uncle Sam tried to nudge revellers towards the door, in...

    34. April 2, 2013

      H&R Block: taxing questions

      For most companies, US healthcare reform is a decidedly mixed blessing but, for one, it is a source of undiluted glee....

    35. March 31, 2013

      Perry under pressure to accept Obamacare

      Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, is facing pressure from fellow Republicans to drop his opposition to accepting billions...

    36. FT Alphaville

      March 1, 2013

      The 6am Cut London

      Asian stocks outside Japan fell as the US sequestration cuts loomed and Chinese manufacturing growth slowed. The MSCI Asia...

    37. FT Alphaville

      February 28, 2013

      The Closer

      ROUND-UP Sequestered stocks? The S&P 500 shook off its gains in the last minutes of trading, falling 0.1 per cent after an...

    38. February 28, 2013

      US braced as cuts deadline passes

      The US is braced for across-the-board public spending cuts to hit on Friday as new growth data showed the economy is highly...

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