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Feds Hit States With Interest on Unemployment Loans

Tax-free provision ended with first stimulus

(Newser) - With most states already swinging in the recessionary winds, more bad news—many will have to start paying interest on the money they borrow to pay unemployment benefits. When jobless levels hit the unthinkable, with some states seeing 14%-15%, many had to go cap in hand to the feds to... More »

Congress Ups Nat'l Debt Ceiling to $12.4T

Bill would authorize Treasury to fund gov through Feb.

(Newser) - The Senate voted today to raise the ceiling on the government debt to $12.4 trillion, a massive increase over the current limit and a political problem that President Barack Obama has promised to address next year. The Senate's rare Christmas Eve vote, 60-39, follows House passage last week and... More »

Crazy Loans Are Back, With a Vengeance

Companies paying debt with debt have Fed worried

(Newser) - The government's efforts to boost lending, to beat the recession, are inadvertently stimulating a return to wildly risky loans that look sound only if you're wearing rose-colored-glasses. Companies are returning to credit-bubble practices, worrying analysts, including those at the Fed. In one instrument, a "covenant lite" loan, credit is... More »

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