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    1. August 17, 2016

      Simple techniques for bridging the graphics language gap

      The world today is full of graphics as well as words. Charts, maps and diagrams are ubiquitous, from social media to...

    2. Lawrence Summers

      July 14, 2016

      CBO is a great umpire but even the best can blow a call

      The Congressional Budget Office is an American national treasure. Without the impartial objectivity it brings to the...

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    1. Fast FT

      April 12, 2016

      Fitch maintains US 'AAA' rating, cautions on debt outlook

      Fitch Ratings affirmed the United States’s perfect ‘AAA’ credit rating and stable outlook on Tuesday, although it...

    2. January 19, 2016

      US budget deficit to rise for first time since crisis

      The US budget deficit is set to rise this year relative to the size of the economy for the first time since the...

    3. December 21, 2015

      The US budget deal: a season for giving

      In an era of unprecedented bipartisan hostility, be assured that two imperatives still bring US politicians together:...

    4. December 6, 2015

      Republicans seek to undercut Obama via spending bill

      US lawmakers were locked in talks over what is likely to be the last spending deal of Barack Obama’s presidency at the...

    5. October 18, 2015

      Congressional chaos spurs US debt fears

      As Republicans struggle to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House of Representatives, the clock in Congress is...

    6. September 30, 2015

      Congress agrees to fund US government

      Congress has passed a budget measure to fund the US government for two months, ending for now a high-stakes political...

    7. July 5, 2015

      The battle over Congressional budget accounting

      Encouraging more Americans to save more for retirement would be good public policy. Providing incentives for...

    8. March 19, 2015

      Budget plans a litmus test for Republicans

      US president Barack Obama joked in Cleveland on Wednesday that he did not expect people to read his budget or the two...

    9. January 27, 2015

      Britain still one of fastest growing economies

      Despite yesterday’s weaker than expected data, Britain is still likely to be one of the fastest growing industrialised...

    10. January 26, 2015

      US budget deficit to shrink to 2.6% of GDP

      The US budget deficit will fall to 2.6 per cent of gross domestic product this year, the lowest since Barack Obama...

    11. FT Alphaville

      January 26, 2015

      Will the US soon have a budget surplus?

      The Congressional Budget Office has just come out with its latest ten-year projections on spending, revenue, and debt....

    12. January 19, 2015

      Americans tested on taxing the rich

      For critics of rising inequality in the US, the way capital gains are taxed has long stood out as an emblem of an...

    13. Andrew Smithers

      January 7, 2015

      UK fiscal policy and the devaluation of sterling

      The UK’s Office of Budget Responsibility (“OBR”) is a very professional organisation; far more so, for example, than...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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....

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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....

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