Goodbye logic

Lawmakers in Washington got closer to a deadline, closer to a deal and further, it would seem, from logic, reason and sanity.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

The gridlock myth

One has to entertain the possibility that the powers that be in Washington enjoy scaring investors half to death.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Job data that can't win

Job data that can't win

First-time jobless claims fell to 350,000 in the week ending Saturday, a drop of 12,000 from the previous week, and potentially part of a healthy trend.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
A clearer view of cliff

A clearer view of cliff

With the fiscal cliff a few days away, the actual budget impact is beginning to take shape.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Test of nerves

Test of nerves

For all intents and purposes there is a half day of shopping left before Christmas and six days left before an economic disaster sets itself in place.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Budget extremists

House Speaker John Boehner's back up plan for the federal budget has died without the formal send off of a vote.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Budget winners

Budget winners

Leadership in Washington are demonstrating, again, their willingness to kick the can down the road when it comes to budget decisions.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
What's going right?

What's going right?

Something must have gone right in Greece for a change.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Throwing tax darts

Throwing tax darts

They have been throwing darts against the wall in Washington and those darts have tax rates attached to them.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Big changes? Not quite.

Get out of bed and rub your eyes. Pinch yourself. Call the broker. Start making bets on Wall Street again.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
RTW as a false alarm

RTW as a false alarm

With nods, winks and nudges, Republicans in Michigan assaulted their union member constituents on Tuesday.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Fighting over a fantasy

Fighting over a fantasy

Here's a concept: Stop Worrying and Love the Fiscal Cliff.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Economy's driving force

Economy's driving force

U.S. consumer spending is the economy's driving wheel, no question about it.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
War on unions

War on unions

Right-to-work has a nice ring to it from a sentimental point of view.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Turnaround artist wanted

Turnaround artist wanted

As expected, central banks in London and Frankfurt left their lending rates intact Thursday in the midst of recession No. 2 for the continent.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
An economic time line

An economic time line

It seems President Barack Obama, with an election behind him, is still unable to sell his successes on the economic front.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
How to rappel off cliff

How to rappel off cliff

There are 21 shopping days until Christmas and 27 days until the U.S. budget goes, potentially, over a fiscal cliff for lack of leadership in Washington.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Same cliff, wrong date

A few economists lately suggested the "fiscal cliff" is, in fact, a fiscal slope -- and said politicians and the media are exaggerating the problem.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Budget squawking in D.C.

"It's going to be a rough evening -- everybody saying a lot of pleasant things to each other."
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Getting in early

Getting in early

Gold went the wrong direction Wednesday, at least as far as the standard logic goes, falling 1.5 percent to 1,721.60 per troy ounce.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

China gets currency pass

Is it understood that China denies it is a currency manipulator? That seems like a fair question to ask.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
What works around here?

What works around here?

Finance leaders in Europe are haggling once again over the rescue of Greece with three basic scenarios available to them.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Budget talk blues

Budget talks in Washington are threatening to put stock markets on a short leash, much as painfully slow bailout talks in Europe have in recent years.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

What a turkey!

What a turkey! Yes, it's time for the first annual business page What a turkey! awards, given with gratitude and humility -- and plenty more from where they came.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

New day, new taxes

What a difference an election makes -- even if that election maintains the status quo.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
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