Politics and Government


You’d think that rich political donors would be celebrating today. But the Supreme Court’s decision to lift limits on political giving is actually making some donors miserable. “This is bad news,” said Jim Chanos, the hedge funder and frequent donor to Democratic politicians. The reason? Now that there are fewer limits on giving, politicians and …

Markets: New concerns about Russia

Wall Street stocks sold off sharply as tech stocks dragged down the major averages and renewed concerns about Russia on reports that it has 30-thousand military troops stationed along its eastern border with Ukraine weighed heavily on the markets.

Hobby Lobby hearing

There’s another case being heard by the Supreme Court today that court today that could have a wide-ranging impact on businesses and employees. What looks like a fight over forcing companies to pay for contraception has turned into a battle over faith, business and the law.

Congress returns

Congress returns to Washington today from one of its two spring recesses and lawmakers have a lot on their plates. From sanctions against Russia, to extending unemployment benefits, to a possible vote to raise the federal minimum wage.

Tech CEOs at the White House

Top executives from Google, Facebook and other internet giants were at the White House today, meeting with President Obama about the NSA’s surveillance program and demanding privacy protection for their users.


Russia says it has imposed entry bans on nine U.S. lawmakers and officials in retaliation to Washington’s sanctions over Crimea. The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday released the list, which includes John Boehner, R-Ohio, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Robert Menendez, D-N.J., the head of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, and Senator John …


President Barack Obama has signed an order for authority to impose sanctions on segments of Russia’s economy in response to its annexation of Crimea. “Diplomacy between the U.S. and Russia continues. We’ve emphasized that Russia still has a different path available,” Obama said on Thursday. “We want the Ukrainian people to determine their own destiny and to …

Economic sanctions

Tensions between the U.S. and Russia are rising in what some are calling the worst superpower dispute since the Cold War.

For-profit crackdown

President Obama wants to crackdown on low-performing for-profit colleges to protect students and taxpayers.

Extending benefits

Senators reached a bi-partisan compromise on extending benefits for the long-term unemployed.

Overtime pay rules

President Obama wants employers to pay millions of salaried workers overtime for their extra hours, but is the move a smart business decision?

Ukraine and natural gas

Europe gets about one-third of its energy needs from Russia, much of it moved through natural gas pipelines in Ukraine. Nat gas traders here in the U.S. are closely watching the stand-off between Russia and Ukraine.


In Washington, Vladimir Putin’s Russian government has all the usual tools of statecraft at its disposal—an enormous embassy compound on Wisconsin Avenue, a stately Beaux-Arts ambassador’s residence on 16th Street, and even a Ministry of Foreign Affairs Twitter account: @mfa_russia. But the Putin government also has less visible tools of influence in Washington: a battery of well-paid American …

Fueling the future

Some of the biggest names in the energy business are at CERA Week discussing everything from Ukraine to natural gas and crude oil exports.

Budget breakdown

President Obama unveils his $4 trillion budget. What’s his plan for spending and new taxes in the coming year?