Zachary A. Goldfarb

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World / Social Issues Dec 11, 2013

U.S. programs make dent in poverty rate

Government programs such as food stamps and unemployment insurance have made significant progress in easing the plight of the poor in the half-century since the launch of the war on poverty, according to a major new study. But the nation's economy has made far less ...

World / Politics | ANALYSIS Oct 17, 2013

U.S. debt deal sets up new risks to growth

The deal reached by Congress on Wednesday to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling would avert a financial catastrophe but leave the weakened U.S. economy facing new threats. But while the bipartisan deal would end a period of disruption that has slowed ...

Obama, Democrats push bill to end deadlock

Business Oct 8, 2013

Obama, Democrats push bill to end deadlock

President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats tried Monday to break a political logjam that could threaten the U.S. economy, advancing legislation that would raise the federal debt ceiling as soon as possible. Democrats said they will attempt to force Republicans to agree to a long-term ...

World / Politics Oct 2, 2013

GOP disappoints big-business backers

In 2010 and again in 2012, companies on Main Street and Wall Street did just about everything they could to help Republicans win elected office in Washington. But this week, many of those Republicans ignored pleas from corporate America and let the government shut down, ...

World / Science & Health | FOCUS Sep 30, 2013

Law may lead to disparities

Half a century ago, the creation of Medicare and Medicaid was a triumph of American egalitarianism. Within a decade, the United States went from a country where 1 in 3 people lacked health insurance to a nation where just 1 in 10 went without ...

Business Sep 27, 2013

Obama draws line in sand on health law, debt ceiling

To the chagrin of many in his own party, President Barack Obama has almost always been willing to negotiate — on taxes, on spending, even on the social safety net. But in the current fights over a potential government shutdown and the debt limit, the ...

Allies wage behind-the-scenes effort in Fed job push

Business Aug 21, 2013

Allies wage behind-the-scenes effort in Fed job push

Lawrence Summers, one of the top candidates to lead the U.S. Federal Reserve, was being beaten up, and his friends from his White House years wanted to help him. So earlier this month, recently departed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and other former officials in the ...

For Obama, racial progress tied to economic woes

World Aug 18, 2013

For Obama, racial progress tied to economic woes

President Barack Obama has only occasionally used his bully pulpit to confront racial inequality in the U.S., even if race inherently has been a backdrop of his tenure as the nation's first black leader. He has, however, made fighting economic inequality a central goal of ...

World / Politics | ANALYSIS May 1, 2013

Defense cuts proving to be a paradox for U.S. liberals

Liberals are increasingly facing a conundrum as the Pentagon experiences the deepest cuts in a generation: The significant reductions in military spending that they have long sought are also taking a huge bite out of economic growth. Liberal lawmakers and others on the left have ...

Obama pushes immigration reform

World / Politics Jan 31, 2013

Obama pushes immigration reform

President Barack Obama on Tuesday put the weight of his administration behind efforts to pass legislation allowing many of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. to earn citizenship, seeking to build on a rapidly shifting political consensus around the issue. Obama dedicated the ...