U.S. budget

U.S. Budget Deficit Reaches $172 Billion in November

The U.S. federal government's budget deficit widened in November compared to October, a sign that the nation is on a path to its fifth straight $1 trillion-plus deficit. The budget gap rose to $172 billion in November, up from $120 billion in October, the Treasury Department said Wednesday.

High Heating Oil Prices Continue to Drain Wallets

Winter in the Northeast was particularly brutal this year, but not enough to account for the likely record prices. Blame crude oil's recent price jump for that. But the pain could become even worse if Obama's proposed cut in low-income energy subsidies passes.