| Sep 9, 2008
The rapid deterioration of Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's financial health made a federal takeover of the mortgage giants inevitable. Yet it still seemed sudden when the government swooped in over the weekend, putting the companies under the strict...
| Jan 21, 2008
Congress and the White House could deliver by March 1 an economic rescue package meant to stave off a full-blown recession, a senior Democratic lawmaker said Sunday.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, said...
| Oct 3, 2008
Today's question: Why did President Bush wait so long to take a public leadership role on the credit crisis? Does he deserve any of the blame directed at him by the candidates? Previously, Kuttner and Foster debated what Washington should do , the...
| Nov 25, 2008
Less than a day after the federal government rode to another bank's rescue, President-elect Barack Obama confirmed his intent to raise the ante on the Bush administration's intervention in the economy. Obama held a short news conference Monday to...
| Mar 24, 2008
Today, Leonard and Thornberg discuss the public's reluctance to support government assistance for troubled borrowers. Later in the week, they'll debate pay-day lending regulations, the Bear Stearns deal and more.
The ripple effects of absent regulation...
| Jan 15, 2009
Today's topic: In its final months, the Bush administration has issued dozens of "midnight regulations" -- rule changes that can have far-reaching effects but need no debate in Congress -- including permitting mining near the Grand Canyon and taking...
| Jul 27, 2007
Is Hillary Clinton standing between me and homeownership? I'm beginning to think so, but it will take a moment to explain.
At our wedding reception about a month ago, my wife Heidi's older relatives peppered me with the typical nuptial interrogation:...
| Oct 1, 2008
Today's question: Do presidential politics help or hurt election-year economic policy? Did McCain's campaign "suspension" have any effect? Previously, Kuttner and Foster debated Obama's and McCain's economic plans and the state of the U.S. financial...
| Nov 12, 2008
Today's question: Is there a role for Hillary Clinton in the White House? How about Arnold Schwarzenegger? Previously, Lilly and Weigel weighed potential Cabinet picks and discussed Rahm Emanuel's selection as chief of staff.
A step down for Clinton...
| Sep 30, 2008
Today's question: What polices have Obama and McCain presented that would help fix the financial mess? Would any of their plans damage the U.S. economy? Previously, Foster and Kuttner debated the state of the economy and Congress' rejection of the bailout...
| Feb 9, 2009
As President Obama pursues green infrastructure projects and other programs aimed at fighting climate change, he is eventually going to have to confront an unpleasant truth: None of it will matter unless the developing world, particularly China, does...
| Oct 18, 2008
I'M NOT sure what everyone means by "hunkering down," though I suspect there's no nudity involved. Hunkering down sounds sort of appealing, though. Like something you'd do in slippers and an old sweat shirt. And pants, of course. Never forget the pants....