The Debt
  • Massive Spending Deal Brings Government Shutdown to an End

    By Jacob Pramuk, CNBC

    President Donald Trump signed a major budget plan into law Friday, ending the year's second government shutdown hours after it started. Both chambers of Congress passed a short-term funding bill in...

  • Talking Turkey, Rand Paul

    The Rand Paul Shutdown: A Low Point in the Deficit Debate

    The federal government shut down briefly for the second time in three weeks on Friday after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) temporarily blocked a Senate vote on a massive spending deal that would have kept...

  • FILE PHOTO - Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

    Are the GOP Tax Cuts Spooking the Stock Market?

    By Michael Rainey

    After a prolonged and unprecedented period of stock market calm, investors are looking for someone or something to blame for the recent sharp drop in equities and Tuesday’s volatile swings. The...

  • The Return of the Bond Vigilante Argument

    By Michael Rainey

    As the fear of inflation rattles Wall Street, Politico asks if we’re seeing the return of the “bond vigilantes” — investors who drive up interest rates by selling bonds when they think inflation is...

  • Numbers of the Day: 665.75 and 2.852

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell almost 666 points, or about 2.5 percent, on Friday after the monthly payrolls reports showed employers added 200,000 jobs in January — and annual wage growth was...

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