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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...

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    Unexpected upswing in growth gives rise to reflection on whether ‘fog of crisis’ is li...
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  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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