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  1. January 7, 2013

    Contenders for Obama’s top jobs

    Treasury: Tim Geithner has clearly signalled his intention to step down as Treasury secretary at the end of Mr Obama’s first...

  2. July 5, 2012

    US candidates on compromise course

    Heather Wilson has been criss-crossing New Mexico this week, hitting all the notes expected of a Republican candidate for...

  1. April 18, 2012

    Senate to take up Simpson-Bowles deficit plan

    The centrist Democrat who chairs the Senate budget committee will present legislation on Wednesday to implement the...

  2. May 20, 2011

    Democrats grapple with budget split

    When Newt Gingrich suggested the Republican budget plan amounted to “rightwing social engineering” last Sunday, the former...

  3. May 5, 2011

    Ethanol backers offer subsidy cuts

    Two of the most prominent ethanol supporters in Congress introduced legislation that would preserve – but sharply reduce –...

  4. February 27, 2011

    US near short-term budget deal

    Democrats and Republicans are confident they will hatch a short-term budget deal before Friday to avert a US government...

  5. February 9, 2011

    Webb announces retirement from US Senate

    Republicans gained a political advantage in another big swing state after Jim Webb, the conservative Democrat from Virginia,...

  6. February 2, 2011

    Dodging the deficit

    The national debt clock in New York is in for a busy year. In 2011 the US will run a deficit of 9.8 per cent of national...

  7. January 19, 2011

    Lieberman set to announce departure

    Senator Joe Lieberman, former Democratic vice-presidential nominee who became an independent after being cast out of his...

  8. FT Alphaville

    December 10, 2010

    House Democrats rebel on tax cuts

    Democrats in the House of Representatives have rejected White House efforts to build support for a deal extending Bush-era...

  9. December 10, 2010

    White House pressed for plan to cut deficit

    The White House was facing pressure to present a detailed plan to address the dismal fiscal outlook in the US, following a...

  10. FT Alphaville

    December 9, 2010

    House Democrats snub Obama on tax package

    Democrats in the House of Representatives delivered a rebuke to White House efforts to build support for the deal extending...

  11. December 9, 2010

    Senate Democrats to vote on tax package

    Democratic leaders in the Senate forged ahead with plans to vote on a deal championed by the White House to extend Bush-era...

  12. December 1, 2010

    US deficit plan faces taxing battle for support

    The US fiscal commission has issued its final proposal to shrink budget deficits by $3,900bn by 2020, but serious doubts...

  13. November 10, 2010

    US deficit plan looks to cut $4,000bn

    Leaders of a presidential commission proposed nearly $4,000bn in cuts to politically popular programmes such as social...

  14. November 3, 2010

    Republican ascendancy a relief for big companies

    Watch out, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That was the message drilled home by Darrell Issa, the incoming chairman of the...

  15. Money Supply

    July 26, 2010

    The Bush tax cuts: a $3000bn political and economic battleground

    With worries about the huge US budget deficit running rampant in Washington – just look at Friday’s midsession budget review...

  16. July 25, 2010

    Bush era tax cuts threaten to split Senate Democrats

    The US Senate finance committee met in private last Thursday evening to try to deal with a vestige of the Bush era that...

  17. July 23, 2010

    Democrats split over Bush-era tax cuts

    Senior Democrats and Obama administration officials on Thursday defended plans to let tax cuts for wealthy Americans enacted...

  18. April 27, 2010

    Party politics risks impeding new US fiscal commission

    If marriage is the triumph of hope over experience, then Barack Obama's bipartisan fiscal commission must be its political...

  19. April 26, 2010

    US politics risks impeding new fiscal commission

    If marriage is the triumph of hope over experience, then Barack Obama’s bipartisan fiscal commission must be its political...

  20. February 24, 2010

    US health summit attendees

    President Barack Obama , together with vice-president Joe Biden and key administration officials including health secretary...

  21. January 7, 2010

    Dodd to quit Senate in move to aid party

    Chris Dodd, the Democratic head of the Senate banking committee, will not stand for re-election in November, in a move...

  22. December 18, 2009

    Former Fed chief joins call to curb spending

    Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, added his voice yesterday to those calling for a bipartisan...

  23. December 17, 2009

    Greenspan warns on looming fiscal crisis

    Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, on Thursday added his voice to those calling for a bipartisan...

  24. December 10, 2009

    Drive in Congress to create bipartisan fiscal task force

    The push for a bipartisan commission to deal with the fiscal challenges facing the US gained momentum yesterday as 27...

  25. September 21, 2009

    Obama should not go all the way with LBJ tactics

    From Mr Lee Harriss Roberts. Sir, Steven Hill's column, "To succeed, Obama needs to channel his inner LBJ", September 16)...

  26. September 15, 2009

    To succeed, Obama needs to channel his inner LBJ

    Following President Barack Obama’s speech on healthcare last week, several pundits said it was a performance worthy of Harry...

  27. August 19, 2009

    Backlash grows on Obama's health reform

    The Obama administration was yesterday scrambling to contain a growing backlash from liberal Democrats that could prove...

  28. August 18, 2009

    Backlash grows on Obama’s health reform

    The Obama administration was on Tuesday scrambling to contain a growing backlash from liberal Democrats that could prove...

  29. August 17, 2009

    President calms fears over health proposals

    US healthcare reform could proceed without a government-run insurance scheme, the Obama administration is ever more...

  30. August 16, 2009

    Obama concedes healthcare insurance measure

    Barack Obama delivers an emotive speech on reform – and his grandmother’s death – in Colorado US healthcare reform could...

  31. July 27, 2009

    Democratic splits grow on health bill

    Divisions among US Democrats over healthcare widened yesterday, as the party scrambled to come to terms with growing...

  32. July 27, 2009

    Democratic splits grow on health bill

    Divisions among US Democrats over healthcare widened yesterday, as the party scrambled to come to terms with growing...

  33. July 27, 2009

    Democrats divided over healthcare bill

    Divisions among US Democrats over healthcare widened on Sunday, as the party scrambled to come to terms with growing...

  34. July 16, 2009

    Obama steps up pressure on health reform

    President Barack Obama called for Congress to “buck up” and pass healthcare reform as proposals advanced in the past two...

  35. July 13, 2009

    Sebelius considers tax on rich to pay for healthcare

    The Obama administration is open to the idea of taxing the wealthiest Americans to pay for healthcare reform, health...

  36. July 13, 2009

    White House open to taxing rich to pay for healthcare reform

    The US government is open to the idea of taxing the wealthiest citizens to pay for healthcare reform, Kathleen Sebelius,...

  37. July 13, 2009

    US mulls tax on rich to pay for healthcare

    The US government is open to the idea of taxing the wealthiest citizens to pay for healthcare reform, Kathleen Sebelius,...

  38. July 12, 2009

    US mulls tax on rich to pay for healthcare

    The Obama administration is open to the idea of taxing the wealthiest Americans to pay for healthcare reform, health...

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