The National Debt Clock on Sixth Avenue in New York. (Photo credit STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Debt Ceiling: What Does It Mean?

We hear about it every day, but do you know what it is and how it affects you?


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What Is This ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Everyone’s Talking About?

The fiscal cliff would require such a sharp cut in the deficit that the economy would contract, economists say.