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On Economy, Bloomberg Says Washington Is Failing

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg unleashed a blunt critique of the federal government’s handing of the economy, intensifying speculation about his political ambitions. Read more……

Extension for renewable grants

Senators say the program that gives cash grants to renewable developers will make it. Read more……

Congress votes to avert Medicare doctor pay cut

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation to avert a 25 percent pay cut for doctors treating patients covered by the federal Medicare health insurance program for the elderly won final U.S. congressional…

Marcus: Hooked on iPad Scrabble

I could write more about the tax deal, but you’re probably tired of hearing about it, and, to be honest, I’ve been too busy playing iPad Scrabble. Read more……

The Plum Line: House Democrats’ last stand

In a big effort to show force, House Democrats voted just now to reject Obama’s tax cut deal, and this behind-the-scenes detail really captures the essence of what’s happening: Read…

The Caucus: Tax Compromise Could Hinge on Energy Provisions

Democrats are seeking to extend of a Treasury grant program for renewable energy projects, which was first adopted in the 2009 economic stimulus bill. Read more……

Obama pushes export reforms, eyes Russia in WTO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday voiced strong support for Russian membership in the World Trade Organization as he laid out an overhaul of export controls to help…

Tax Deal Is Key to Avoid Recession, Obama Adviser Says

With President Obama on the defensive with his own party, the White House marshaled an offensive that included circulating dozens of economic analyses and endorsements from public officials. Read more……

Palin-friendly sites attacked

Websites supportive of the conservative icon suffered a barrage of cyberattacks Thursday. Read more……

Liberal group to air anti-Obama ads

‘If Obama won’t fight for his promise, Congress needs to,” the TV ad says. Read more……