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U.S. Investors, Take Note: The Robin Hood Tax May Be Coming

It's a simple idea: Levy a tax on stock, bond, and derivatives trades so small that it only impacts speculators and the biggest high-speed traders, and use the proceeds to fight poverty and climate change. In Europe, it's gaining momentum, and the U.S. could be next.

Obama Agenda Will Confront GOP On Debt

Deficit spending got just a single mention in President Obama's inaugural address. But the outcome of the the long-running conflict with Republicans over his tax-and-spend policies will help shape the government's role in coming years, not to mention Obama's legacy.

Boehner Caves, Agrees to Hurricane Sandy Aid Vote on Friday

Under intense pressure from angry Republicans, House Speaker John Boehner agreed late Wednesday to a vote this week on aid for Superstorm Sandy recovery. He will schedule a vote Friday for $9 billion for the national flood insurance program and another on Jan. 15 for another $51 billion in aid.

U.S. Postal Service to Default on Second $5 Billion Retiree Payment

The U.S. Postal Service, on the brink of default on a second multibillion-dollar payment it can't afford to pay, is sounding a new cautionary note that having squeezed out all the cost savings within its power, the mail agency's viability now lies almost entirely with Congress.

IRS to GOP: We Won't Be Enforcers of the Health Insurance Mandate

The IRS assured GOP lawmakers Tuesday that agents would play no role in enforcing the requirement that Americans buy insurance under President Obama's health care overhaul. "IRS revenue agents will not be involved. There will not be audits," IRS Deputy Commissioner Steven Miller said.

Immigrants Prove Highly Profitable for Private Prison Companies

The U.S. is locking up more illegal immigrants than ever, generating lucrative profits for the nation's largest prison companies, and an AP review shows the businesses have spent tens of millions of dollars lobbying lawmakers and contributing to campaigns.

Elected Insiders: Why the STOCK Act Matters to You

Four times in five years, lawmakers have introduced the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge Act to bar senators and representatives from investing based on knowledge they gained in the course of their duties. Three times, the STOCK Act has died in committee. Will the fourth time be the charm?

Elizabeth Warren Shoots Back on GOP 'Class Warfare'

Earlier this week, Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) complained that he only netted $600,000 in 2010, and thus couldn't afford to pay higher taxes: "Class warfare never created a job," said Fleming. Former Obama administration official Elizabeth Warren, now running for the Senate, is ready with the counter-argument.

Tea Party Rep. Spends Big Bucks to Feed His Family

What do Tea Partiers feed their families? On Monday, Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), met with MSNBC's Chris Jansing to discuss President Obama's proposed tax hikes on the wealthy. Rep. Fleming only brings home $600,000 a year, and his explanation of why that just isn't enough offers an interesting glimpse into the world of Tea Party economic theory.

Some Actors Say 'Action!' on Higher Taxes for Wealthy

Before President Obama outlined his strategy Monday for America's millionaires to shoulder more of the tax burden, The Price of Fame asked show business types at the recent Toronto International Film Festival this burning question: Should celebrities and other wealthy people pay more in taxes?

Irene's Aftermath: Economic Boost or Partisan Battlefield?

Now that Hurricane Irene has passed, it's time to get back to discussing the country's biggest unnatural disaster: the economy. But here, too, Irene is making her impact felt, as economists and pundits across the country debate whether the hurricane will help or hurt America's bottom line.

Meet the 12 People Who Have to Fix the U.S. Budget

There has been a pleasant lull in reporting about the debt ceiling and budget debate, but don't let the quiet fool you. Right now, 11 men and one woman are crafting a plan to reduce the federal budget deficit by $1.5 trillion over 10 years. They are the members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction -- aka, the Deficit Supercommittee