September 26th, 2012
08:55 PM ET

The "War on Drugs" withdrawal: Administration focusing on prevention

America has been hooked on the fight against drugs for decades. It cost more than $1 trillion dollars. But, there's a shift underway to revolutionize how America combats its drug problem. FULL POST

Filed under: Issues 2012 • Law • News
September 19th, 2012
08:36 PM ET

Obama slips in foreign policy poll

United States Defense Secretary Leon Panetta finished a high-stakes visit to China Wednesday, stressing to the country's vice president Xi Jinping  that a U.S. military buildup in the region should not be seen as a threat.

Panetta visits amid China-Japan dispute

An NBC Wall Street Journal polls shows President Barack Obama's approval rating on the issue of foreign policy falling 12 points among independents after the attacks on United States compounds in the middle east.

Is the president losing his footing on what is becoming one of the biggest issues of 2012?

OutFront tonight: Stephanie Cutter, Obama's deputy campaign manager.

Filed under: 2012 Election • China • Foreign Policy • Issues 2012 • National Security • Politics
September 13th, 2012
08:40 PM ET

Fed addicts get another hit: More stimulus and low rates through mid-2015

America's top banker Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke  gave the addicts Thursday what they desperately wanted – more cheap, easy money. We're talking about Quantitative Easing, or QE3, a tool used by central banks to stimulate the economy.

This is the 3rd time that the Fed has pulled the trigger on QE3. Today's hit is unprecedented because this time Ben's giving addicts what they want until the Fed is satisfied with our economic growth.

"What we're trying to convey here is that we're not going to be premature removing policy even after economy recovers." Bernanke said at his press conference, " Even after unemployment rate begins to move down more decisively we're not going to rush to begin to tighten policy."

Here is the Fed's Plan of Action:

  • Purchase $40 billion a month of mortgage-back securities
  • Keep short-term interest rates low through mid 2015

Could all of this stimulus eventually have a negative effective on the United States' economy?

As part of CNN's in-depth look at the issues that affect the 2012 election Jim Bianco, president of Bianco Research comes OutFront.

Filed under: 2012 Election • Economy • Federal Reserve • Issues 2012