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Political Economy: March 6, 2011 - March 12, 2011

Before grilling SEC chair, did Issa offer new view on agency's budget?

Before lawmakers grilled SEC Chairwoman Mary L. Schapiro on Thursday on whether she mishandled of a conflict of interest, one of her leading critics chatted amiably with her and shared some sympathetic words.

By David S. Hilzenrath  | March 11, 2011; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Budget and fiscal policy, Congress, SEC  
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Wisconsin governor signs bill slashing union rights for public workers

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a highly contested bill Friday morning that takes collective bargaining rights away from most of the state's public employees. He also rescinded layoff notices for about 1,500 state workers.

By Peter Whoriskey  | March 11, 2011; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Budget and fiscal policy, States  
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Protests over state budget cuts, anti-union bills spread throughout U.S.

The Wisconsin protests over bills taking away collective bargaining rights for public employees have sparked protests across the country, from New Jersey and Ohio to California.

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Labor unions, White House  
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Economic agenda: Friday, March 11, 2011

At 8:30 a.m. -- The Commerce Department releases retail sales for February. Economists are expecting a solid uptick of 1 percent, after a 0.3 percent rise in January. At 10 a.m. -- The Commerce Department releases data on business inventories...

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2011; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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U.S. trade deficit widens despite record exports

The U.S. trade deficit jumped nearly 15 percent in January as strong U.S. demand for imports reflected economic growth but raised concerns over the fact that American exports -- despite a record-setting month -- were not keeping pace.

By Howard Schneider  | March 10, 2011; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Trade  
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Economic agenda: Thursday, March 10, 2011

At 8:30 a.m. -- The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims. At 8:30 a.m. -- The Commerce Department releases trade balance numbers for January. Forecasters are expecting the trade deficit to widen to $41.5 billion, from $40.6 billion, suggesting that...

By Washington Post editors  | March 10, 2011; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forbes releases its annual ranking of world's billionaires

More than 1,200 people have a 10-digit net worth, the magazine reports in its yearly roundup of the richest of the rich.

By Sarah Halzack  | March 9, 2011; 10:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Administration prepares to face grilling on trade

U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk heads to Capitol Hill this morning for what promises to be a testy hearing with lawmakers eager for the administration to move on three pending free trade agreements.

By Howard Schneider  | March 9, 2011; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Trade  
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Economic agenda: Wednesday, March 9, 2011

At 10 a.m. -- The Commerce Department releases wholesale inventories for January....

By Washington Post editors  | March 9, 2011; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Economic agenda: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

At 7:30 a.m. -- The National Federation of Independent Businesses releases its small business survey for February....

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2011; 6:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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One SEC conflict of interest probe leads to the next

Members of Congress probing potential conflicts of interest in the SEC's posture toward Bernard Madoff's investors are now expressing concern about potential conflicts of interest in the SEC's response to their probe.

By David S. Hilzenrath  | March 7, 2011; 9:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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IMF weighs financial crisis at D.C. conference

On Monday, the International Monetary Fund kicks off a two-day conference of top economists to try to distill some lessons from the global financial crisis.

By Howard Schneider  | March 7, 2011; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  International Economics, International Monetary Fund, U.S. Economy, Unemployment  
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Economic agenda: Monday, March 7, 2011

At 3 p.m. -- The Federal Reserve releases data on consumer credit for January. Analysts expect that U.S. consumer debt outstanding will have risen by $3.4 billion, compared with a $6 billion increase in December....

By Washington Post editors  | March 7, 2011; 6:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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