Democrats, Republicans race to strike year-end tax and spending deal

A looming Dec. 16 deadline is testing the shifting power dynamic on Capitol Hill.

By Tony RommDecember 8, 2022

Meet Tom Emmer, a powerful crypto advocate in a crypto-wary Congress

In recent years, Rep. Tom Emmer has increasingly promoted crypto interests — championing its companies, pushing industry-friendly proposals and chastising critics who in his view stand in the way of innovation.

By Tony RommDecember 8, 2022

Democrats try to salvage Manchin’s side deal on energy projects

A bill from Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) to overhaul the permitting process for energy infrastructure could be included in a defense policy measure.

By Maxine JoselowDecember 4, 2022

Congress eyes end to military coronavirus vaccine mandate

Kevin McCarthy claims he worked out a deal with President Biden as part of a defense bill, but White House officials say nothing has been finalized.

By Tony RommDecember 4, 2022

Trump did not target ex-FBI leaders with tax audits, investigators say

Former top FBI officials James Comey and Andrew McCabe were subject to intensive tax examinations in 2017 and 2019.

By Jacob BogageDecember 1, 2022

Binance, Coinbase, other crypto firms pressed for customer protection data

Sen. Ron Wyden’s request comes as Congress considers its next moves on cryptocurrency.

By Tony RommNovember 29, 2022

Incentives can lead employees to cheat or lie at work

American workplaces rely heavily on incentives to achieve performance targets, but focus on rewards can lead to ethical lapses, research shows.

By Taylor TelfordNovember 28, 2022

Biden’s zero-emission government fleet starts with USPS

The Postal Service is set to roll out 34,000 electric mail trucks in the coming years, and it’s transforming its operations to make them go.

By Jacob BogageNovember 25, 2022

Deadline extended to apply for The Washington Post’s Top Workplaces

If you’ve lost track of time and thought you missed the opportunity to nominate your employer for the 2023 Washington Post Top Workplaces award, you have another chance: The deadline has been extended to Jan. 13.

By Lori MontgomeryNovember 22, 2022

Congress took millions from FTX. Now lawmakers face a crypto reckoning.

The stunning collapse of the world’s third-largest exchange has forced lawmakers to reckon with the costs of legislative inaction.

By Tony RommNovember 17, 2022

House to probe FTX collapse as Biden administration warns of crypto risks

Democrats and Republicans also signaled their inquiry likely would expand as they consider the need for a legislative response

By Tony RommNovember 16, 2022

A Calif. law that takes wage-setting power from fast-food bosses sparks fight

The California law, which lets a state panel set fast-food wages, stands out at a time when efforts abound nationally to strengthen workers’ rights. Unions pledged to defend it.

By Erica WernerNovember 16, 2022

White House seeks more than $47 billion in emergency covid, Ukraine aid

The official request comes as Democrats and Republicans toiled anew behind the scenes in the hopes of striking a broader spending deal before Dec.16.

By Tony RommNovember 15, 2022

Biden aides consider extending student loan freeze after court defeats

The discussions are preliminary but come as White House officials face legal challenges to the loan forgiveness program.

By Jeff SteinNovember 15, 2022

With election unsettled, Congress braces for new spending showdowns

Democrats and Republicans return to Washington on edge — and staring down a fiscal deadline that could set the tone for future political fights.

By Tony RommNovember 14, 2022

Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan is blocked. Can you still apply?

We answer questions about what's next after a federal judge in Texas struck down the Biden administration's student loan forgiveness plan.

By Danielle Douglas-GabrielNovember 11, 2022

Federal judge in Texas strikes down Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan

A federal judge in Texas on Thursday blocked President Biden’s student loan forgiveness program, delivering a victory to a conservative advocacy group that sued to strike down the plan.

By Danielle Douglas-GabrielNovember 11, 2022

For next IRS chief, Biden to nominate Daniel Werfel

President Biden will nominate Daniel Werfel to lead the tax agency, according to two people and a senior administration official familiar with the matter.

By Jeff Stein and Tony RommNovember 10, 2022

Edward Prescott, Nobel laureate economist with policy influence, dies at 81

He argued that central banks and economic policy chiefs did more damage to the economy when they pumped up interest rates to fight inflation.

By Brian MurphyNovember 9, 2022

Herman Daly, professor who introduced ecology to economics, dies at 84

He envisioned a new practice of economics, one in which the environmental impact of commerce matters as much as the flow of money.

By Emily LangerNovember 4, 2022