White House tries to salvage Obamacare, Democrats in distress

The White House scrambled Wednesday to find solutions for the glaring failures in Obamacare as rebellious congressional Democrats pressured the administration over their increasing political predicament. In a closed-door meeting at the Capitol, House Democrats blasted administration officials over their handling of the Obamacare rollout, and the White House’s failure to address Mr. Obama’s broken promise to Americans […]

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Fed Seen Avoiding Historic Loss by Holding Mortgage Debt

“The Federal Reserve can avoid unprecedented losses by never selling mortgage-backed securities from its record $3.84 trillion balance sheet, according to updated estimates by Fed economists in Washington. The Fed every month is purchasing $85 billion in Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities in a program aimed at fueling economic growth and combating unemployment, which was 7.2 percent in September.”   […]

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Germany Summons U.S. Ambassador to Explain Merkel Phone Tapping

Germany summoned the U.S. ambassador to the Foreign Ministry over reports ChancellorAngela Merkel’s mobile phone was monitored by U.S. spy agencies as European Union leaders prepared to discuss tighter data protection. Ambassador John B. Emerson was called in for talks with Foreign Minister Guido Westerwellein Berlin this afternoon, a ministry spokeswoman said, speaking under customary condition of anonymity. France summoned […]

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Senate Passes Accord to End Shutdown as House Set to Act

The Senate voted 81-18 to halt the 16-day government shutdown and raise the U.S. debt limit, moving one step closer to ending the nation’s fiscal impasse. The House of Representatives began debate at 9:24 p.m. and plans to vote later tonight. The Senate acted the day before U.S. borrowing authority was scheduled to lapse as Congress […]

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Biggest US Foreign Creditors Show Concern on Default Risk

“China and Japan, which together hold more than $2.4 trillion in U.S. Treasuries, raised pressure on the U.S. to resolve a political impasse on its debt ceiling that threatens to destabilize global financial markets. Japan must consider the impact of any default on its bond holdings, even as the U.S. will probably avoid a fiscal […]

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Detroiters Living Amid Ruins Resist Moving as City Reorganizes

“On both sides of Dorothy Wafer’s Detroit home sit rows of crumbling houses among trash-strewn lots. A body was found in a car down the street last month, and there was an attempted rape, she said. There’s no place like home, though. Wafer, 61, last week planted roses in front of her two-story house, with […]

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A U.S. Default Seen as Catastrophe Dwarfing Lehman’s Fall

“Anyone who remembers the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. little more than five years ago knows what a global financial disaster is. A U.S. government default, just weeks away if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling as it now threatens to do, will be an economic calamity like none the world has ever […]

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First U.S. Shutdown in 17 Years Imminent With No Talks

“Republicans and Democrats say they don’t want to close the government, though neither side is budging from their positions. House Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner, want to delay President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act for a year and make other changes to the law. Democrats, led by Obama, say that won’t happen. Obama will […]

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Americans in Poll Doubt Economy Rebound in Defiance of Forecasts

“Americans are losing faith in the nation’s economic recovery even as forecasters expect growth to accelerate, according to a Bloomberg National Poll. Fewer people anticipate improvement in the economy’s strength over the next year than in the last survey in June, with 27 percent saying the expansion will be more robust, down from 39 percent […]

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Buffett Calls Federal Reserve History’s Greatest Hedge Fund

“Billionaire investor Warren Buffett compared the U.S. Federal Reserve to a hedge fund because of the central bank’s ability to profit from bond purchases while accumulating a balance sheet of more than $3 trillion.”   Continue reading on bloomberg.com

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