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  1. FT Alphaville

    July 30, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Wednesday, - What debate? Economists agree the stimulus lifted the economy. - ‘Tis but a scratch. - I don’t...

  2. FT Alphaville

    July 25, 2014

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - Robin Hanson on the new Nicholas Bostrom book. - Josh Barro on the Paul Ryan anti-poverty plan. -...

  1. July 24, 2014

    Ryan calls for US social safety net reform

    Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee for US vice-president in 2012, shifted away from budget warfare to a centre-right vision...

  2. FT Alphaville

    April 11, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Friday, - Teaching Rawls after Piketty. - How does Paul Ryan balance the budget? - How western is Germany? -...

  3. 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...

  4. February 12, 2014

    Congress approves law to suspend US debt limit

    The US Congress gave its final stamp of approval to legislation that suspends the country’s borrowing limit and removes the...

  5. February 3, 2014

    Lew calls for urgent increase in US borrowing limit

    Jack Lew, US Treasury secretary, issued an urgent call for Congress to raise the borrowing limit this month, ratcheting up...

  6. January 7, 2014

    Republicans square off over US inequality

    Barack Obama is moving swiftly this year to place the issue of the growing rich-poor gap in the US at the heart of political...

  7. December 17, 2013

    US budget vote takes giant step forward

    The US Senate took a giant step towards approving the bipartisan budget deal agreed last week, as a dozen Republicans joined...

  8. FT Alphaville

    December 16, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asian equity markets got off to a weak start after Japanese companies signalled worries ahead and a first-look...

  9. December 15, 2013

    Republicans line up for new budget battle

    Republicans are gearing up for a new fight with President Barack Obama over the need to lift America’s borrowing limit early...

  10. December 12, 2013

    US budget passes House by large majority

    A US budget deal hailed as lifting the cloud of political dysfunction hanging over the world’s largest economy cleared the...

  11. December 12, 2013

    US budget deal clears way for Gulf of Mexico oil drilling

    An agreement to allow offshore oil drilling along the maritime border in the Gulf of Mexico is part of the bipartisan budget...

  12. FT Alphaville

    December 12, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asian equities weakened as the heightened prospect of support for the US budget deal sparked renewed speculation...

  13. FT Alphaville

    December 11, 2013

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - David Wessell on the evolution of economic sanctions. - Heidi Moore on the winners and losers in...

  14. December 11, 2013

    Confidence grows of support for US budget deal

    US Congress appeared on track to approve a bipartisan budget deal designed to provide stability to America’s fiscal policy...

  15. December 11, 2013

    Republicans drop all-or-nothing strategy in budget wars

    The Republican leadership in Congress has completed a dramatic about-turn on Washington’s perennial budget wars with their...

  16. December 11, 2013

    US budget deal: What does it add up to?

    Patty Murray and Paul Ryan, the Democratic and Republican chairs of the US budget conference committee, reached a...

  17. December 10, 2013

    US Congress strikes budget deal

    Democratic and Republican negotiators on Tuesday night agreed a deal to set spending levels until 2015, breaking the latest...

  18. December 5, 2013

    Paul Ryan turns peacemaker in US budget battles

    If Congress succeeds in striking a US budget deal in the coming days, it will in no small measure follow from the decision...

  19. November 21, 2013

    Republicans need new winning ideas

    Mitt Romney did his 2012 prospects no good when he referred to the US as a country of “makers versus takers”. Dismissing the...

  20. October 17, 2013

    US lawmakers mend fences over coffee

    Barely 12 hours after the denouement of the US’s latest fiscal crisis, the top lawmakers on budget policy in the US Congress...

  21. FT Alphaville

    October 11, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Step one in zombie prevention: pants on: Picking securities is hard, so you pick a...

  22. FT Alphaville

    October 11, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asian markets were on the rise amid hopes the White House and the Republicans are finally nearing a deal to lift...

  23. FT Alphaville

    October 10, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Even more debt ceiling fun — David ponders a US default decision-tree, Joseph looks at...

  24. October 9, 2013

    Obama steps up discussions with Congress to end budget stand-off

    Barack Obama is stepping up discussions with Congress as US political leaders seek a way out of a budget crisis that could...

  25. June 28, 2013

    US immigration vote brings day of reckoning for Republicans

    Bill Kristol did not mince words this week when he advised the Republicans in the House of Representatives on how to...

  26. April 12, 2013

    Obama’s budget

    By the standards of most other wealthy countries, the US economy could be in worse shape. It may be in the midst of the...

  27. FT Alphaville

    March 12, 2013

    The Closer

    ROUND-UP FT markets round-up:“Stocks are struggling for traction as the bull run that has taken many equity barometers to...

  28. March 12, 2013

    Ignore pyrotechnics in US budget politics

    Paul Ryan on Tuesday unveiled a new plan that claims to balance the federal budget in 10 years. It would do so by slashing...

  29. March 12, 2013

    Time for truce in US budget wars

    It is hypothesis week on Capitol Hill. On Tuesday, Paul Ryan, the House budget chairman, published a Republican plan he...

  30. March 12, 2013

    Ryan unveils plan for deep spending cuts

    Paul Ryan, the former Republican vice-presidential nominee, offered a staunchly conservative fiscal plan for his party that...

  31. March 12, 2013

    Republicans unveil $4.6tn of cuts

    Republicans in the US House of Representatives have unveiled a staunchly conservative fiscal package that would slash...

  32. March 11, 2013

    Obama and opponents talk the talk

    If dysfunctional US politics is the product of well-entrenched ideological differences between the major parties, then the...

  33. March 10, 2013

    Rival budgets sharpen divide over US cuts

    House Republicans and Senate Democrats will both lay out highly partisan budgets this week that sharpen the political divide...

  34. March 7, 2013

    Obama efforts renew ‘grand bargain’ hopes

    Barack Obama’s charm offensive towards Republican lawmakers this week has renewed hopes of a “grand bargain” deal on deficit...

  35. March 6, 2013

    Obama sits down with his foes

    The White House and Republicans each signalled a desire for more dialogue and less posturing in the US budget wars as the...

  36. March 5, 2013

    Obama woos foes on budget

    Barack Obama has stepped up his efforts to woo a small group of Republican senators into a budget deal, in an attempt to...

  37. February 13, 2013

    Neither US party swallows a compromise

    There were no signs that Barack Obama or his Republican rivals were prepared to cede ground on the most pressing issues...

  38. February 7, 2013

    Rubio rises despite immigration rift

    The choice of Marco Rubio to deliver the Republican reply to Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, which he will do in...

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