New York (CNNMoney) – Congress narrowly avoided pushing the country off the fiscal cliff. But it has done nothing to address the next and potentially bigger risk to the economy: the need to raise the debt ceiling.
To help separate fact from fiction in the battle, here's what you need to know about the issue.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - Brinksmanship over the debt ceiling could make the fiscal cliff standoff look like child's play.
Right after the House passed the fiscal cliff compromise, President Obama said, "I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they've already racked up through the laws that they passed."FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) – For the near term? Good. For the long term? Oh, puh-leeze.
That, in a nutshell, summarizes how independent deficit hawks view the fiscal cliff compromise that Congress passed on Tuesday and which President Obama signed into law Wednesday.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - Budget experts in Washington have seen lots of "big" fiscal deals over the years that end up resulting in far less than advertised.
So they are watching closely to see what kind of a deal the White House and Congress make to avert the fiscal cliff.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - Often missing from the hyper-politicized debate over spending cuts and tax increases is a central point: Why the federal budget is on an unsustainable course.
Today, the United States spends about 71 cents of every federal tax dollar it collects on the Big 4: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and interest on the debt.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) – In all the rhetorical noise about the fiscal cliff, the discussion has focused most heavily on the Bush-era income tax cuts.
Neither party wants to raise income taxes on the middle class, which has come to be defined as families making below $250,000.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - The line in the sand in the fiscal cliff talks is clear: Democrats will only agree to a deal that raises the tax burden on high-income households.
Democrats want to accomplish that goal largely through higher tax rates. Republicans hate that idea and say any new revenue should be raised by curbing tax breaks.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - Leaders in Washington say they want to make a "down payment" on deficit reduction and avert the fiscal cliff.
But the size of any down payment depends in large part on whether the two sides can agree on taxing the rich.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) – If Congress fails to cut a deal on the fiscal cliff this year, the scramble to do so in January could run smack dab into yet another high-stakes negotiation - over raising the debt ceiling.
As of late last week, the country's debt was $154 billion below the $16.394 trillion debt ceiling.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - There's a big difference between raising tax rates and raising tax revenue. And the distinction may prove key in fiscal cliff negotiations between House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama over the next two months.
Boehner on Wednesday laid out in public his opening gambit for that deal-making.FULL STORY