Legislators in the Senate and House are expected to make their cases for and against the bipartisan budget deal announced this week. The House could vote on the deal as early as this afternoon. Live Coverage
WASHINGTON - U.S. retail sales rose solidly in November, adding to signs of a strengthening economy that could draw the Federal Reserve closer to reducing the pace of monetary stimulus.
SOUSCEYRAC, France - In a French rural village, the shuttered post office, tourist office -- and even bull semen cooperative -- on a weekday afternoon point to a kind of malaise that's plaguing the country's pastoral towns. Full Article
Dec. 12 - Ahead of the Sandy Hook shooting anniversary, Mayor Michael Bloomberg highlights new report saying illegal Internet gun sales are a growing problem. Linda So reports.
Why did Wall Street celebrate the budget breakthrough with its biggest daily fall in two months? Commentary
There's one group of people who hurt millions of Americans with purposefully blind optimism and false promises: politicians in every city and state that is facing a pension shortfall. Commentary
The African Union wanted to deploy forces in the Central African Republic rather than use U.N. troops. Wealthy nations are funding a poorly-equipped regional peacekeeping force instead of authorizing more costly U.N. troops. This reflects new political realities. Commentary
Prices and rationing are generally effective tools for economic management. Not in healthcare. The U.S. pricing system is chaotic and British rationing has created a bureaucratic monster. But the two contrasting models are both valid – and could be made to work better. Commentary
The new bipartisan budget deal that U.S. lawmakers agreed on isn't great for the economy, but it is less bad than no deal, Neil Irwin writes. Read more at Counterparties