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  • New HUD chief: Mortgage credit too tight

    In one of his first speeches as secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro joined other members of the Obama administration in warning that it now is too difficult to qualify for a home loan.

  • Poverty fell in 2013, but incomes haven't recovered from the recession

    The share of Americans officially living in poverty in 2013 was 14.5 percent, down from 15 percent in 2012.

  • Fed looks beyond stimulus to timing of interest rate increases

    Chairwoman Janet Yellen and the Fed's monetary policy committee will meet this week. The Fed will decide how long it will wait to raise short-term interest rates after reducing purchases of Treasury and mortgage-backed securities to zero.

  • U.S. tax system ranks near bottom among developed nations

    The United States has the third least competitive tax system among developed nations, according to a new ranking of countries' tax codes.

  • White House touts TARP on anniversary of Lehman Bros. failure

    "Today, it is clear that the TARP program was a success," Obama economic adviser Jeffrey Zients wrote in a blog post published Monday morning.

  • Corporate America heads for the exits

    Corporate "inversions" are a problem that President Obama might find intractable, given a corporate tax system that most people agree is outdated and in urgent need of drastic reform at a time when Congress is too divided to fix it.

  • Think Tanks: New York hurts its millionaires

    The Empire Center, a nonpartisan think tank in New York, released a report suggesting that New York has lagged behind the rest of the nation in making new millionaires.

  • Fiscal hawks' problem: Shrinking debt

    The Treasury faces a long-term budget hole as rising healthcare, Social Security and interest payments take their toll.

  • Downgrades put Governor Christie's signature reform in doubt

    "[The pension agreement] was pretty much his signature accomplishment. Now that agreement, that reform is in tatters. It has basically blown up," said Gordon MacInnes, a former Democratic official.

  • Federal Reserve creates new panel for identifying economic threats

    The Federal Reserve is taking new steps to guard against again being caught by surprise by threats to the financial system.

  • Treasury could act next week to prevent companies from leaving U.S.

    "They're preparing to act and they'll act as soon as they're ready," said Rep. Sander Levin, the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax issues.

  • Democratic senators appeal directly to Burger King CEO to stop inversion

    In a letter addressed to Burger King CEO Daniel S. Schwartz, Majority Whip Dick Durbin and four other senators urged the company to back out of the deal to merge with Canadian chain Tim Hortons and move the combined company's headquarters to Canada.

  • Buffett called GOP senator before Burger King deal

    Noting that he's friends with Buffett, Hatch said that the Omaha-based investor "called me to say, 'you gotta do something about tax inversions.' I believe that was before he entered into the Burger King situation. I think he wanted to know where we were going."

  • Window closing for Obama to fill Federal Reserve board

    If Republicans take control of the Senate after the November elections, Obama's ability to appoint his preferred candidates to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors would be limited.

  • Manufacturers: Regulations cost economy $2 trillion annually

    The National Association of Manufacturers released a study Wednesday finding that federal rules on conducting business, protecting the environment, keeping workers safe, and complying with taxes impose an average cost of nearly $20,000 per worker for manufacturing and more than $233,000 for the...



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