President Barack Obama reiterated his call Monday for the extension of the Bush tax cuts for people making less than $250,000 a year -- and a return to higher rates for wealthy Americans.
If Obama triumphs, the top tax rate on income will jump from a baseline of 35% to 39.6%.
But it's worth noting that even if the Republican position -- extending the Bush tax cuts for everyone -- is adopted, MORECharles Riley - Jul 9, 2012 1:53 PM ET
President Obama is still on track for an electoral victory this November, according to a forecasting model produced by Moody's Analytics.
But his advantage over Mitt Romney is narrowing. According to the model, which produces a state-by-state prediction based in part on the latest economic data, Obama is on track to capture 303 electoral votes.
That's more than the 270 required for victory, but if economic growth slows further, the model could MORECharles Riley - Jun 29, 2012 5:00 AM ET
The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it plans to extend "Operation Twist," a bond-swapping strategy designed to keep interest rates low in the future, thereby providing a measure of stimulus to the struggling economy.
Originally scheduled to end later this month, the program -- which swaps short-term bonds for ones with longer duration -- will now run through the end of the year.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to provide more MORECharles Riley - Jun 20, 2012 1:43 PM ET
One of the most strident criticisms of Mitt Romney's economic plan -- even among conservatives -- is the lack of detail on how he will support the revenue side of the government's ledger while pushing through massive tax cuts.
Romney wants to cut marginal tax rates on income by 20%. He wants to eliminate the estate tax and the Alternative Minimum Tax. And he wants to cut the corporate tax rate MORECharles Riley - Jun 18, 2012 11:06 AM ET
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was asked Tuesday whether he would accept a salary as president, or refuse compensation in the name of deficit reduction.
The chief executive's salary is nothing to scoff at -- $400,000 a year -- but it amounts to loose change compared to the $1 trillion-plus annual federal deficit.
Yet as a symbolic gesture, not drawing a salary might carry significant weight. Romney did something similar as governor of MORECharles Riley - Jun 12, 2012 12:52 PM ET
Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that lawmakers will most likely put off making a set of crucial spending and tax decisions until 2013.
"[Congress] will probably have to put everything off until early next year," Clinton said during an interview with CNBC. "That's probably the best thing to do right now."
Clinton was referring to the so-called fiscal cliff -- a series of measures set to begin in January that would MORECharles Riley - Jun 5, 2012 7:14 PM ET
If there is one advantage to the current economic malaise, it is this: Borrowing costs for the United States have reached record low levels, creating an opportunity for the government to make much-needed investments at a low cost.
The U.S. government, thanks to its safe haven status, can currently borrow at rates of 0.6% for five years, 1.5% for 10 years and 2.55% over 30 years -- yields that contrast sharply MORECharles Riley - Jun 4, 2012 2:34 PM ET
Mitt Romney told our friends at TIME on Wednesday that he will get the unemployment rate to 6% by the end of his first term. (CNNMoney and TIME are both owned by Time Warner.)
"Over a period of four years, by virtue of the policies that we put in place, we'd get the unemployment rate down to 6%, and perhaps a little lower," Romney said. "It depends in part upon MORECharles Riley - May 23, 2012 3:22 PM ET
What is the average American to think of private equity?
The industry, which used to never get mentioned in the pages of political rags or on talk shows, is well on its way to becoming a campaign touchstone.
Just this week, President Obama declared private equity a legitimate campaign target. His campaign released a two minute ad focused on Bain Capital's takeover of Kansas City-based GST Steel. Vice President Joe Biden added MORECharles Riley - May 23, 2012 12:24 PM ET
President Obama has made one thing very clear: He will be talking about Bain Capital a lot between now and Election Day.
"This is what this campaign is going to be about," Obama said Monday after drawing a distinction between what Mitt Romney did as CEO of Bain Capital and what is expected of a president.
Obama's comments came at an unlikely venue -- a NATO summit, of all things. But they MORECharles Riley - May 22, 2012 3:33 PM ET
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