Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner

Zachary Halaschak

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Mountain View, CA, United States

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State of the Union 2023: Separating fact from fiction on Biden economic claims

President Joe Biden in his State of the Union address will tout economic advances since he was sworn into office. Here are the facts and the spin behind the claims. → Read More

Tax-writing committee holds first hearing at West Virginia lumber business

The House Ways and Means Committee met in West Virginia, rather than the typical Capitol Hill office building, to hear directly from workers and business owners about how the economy is hurting them and what changes they want to see in Washington. → Read More

Price of bitcoin continues to outperform stocks and basically any other asset

Ahead of President Joe Biden's third State of the Union address we take a look at whether or not Biden has restored civility back to politics as he promised. Joe Biden’s election was heralded as the restoration of civility to the White House, if not American public life. However, as Biden prepares to deliver his second State of the Union address, the country seems more divided than ever. → Read More

SEC considers dialing back climate-disclosure rule: Report

The Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly considering easing a proposed rule that would compel companies to disclose climate-related risks, a sign that some of the pushback might be working. → Read More

Unemployment at lowest level since 1969 as economy smashes expectations

The economy gained 517,000 jobs in January, smashing expectations, in another sign that the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes have yet to harm the labor market substantially. → Read More

Used car prices falling after pandemic spike, but the road ahead is uncertain

One of the most inflated goods during the period following the pandemic has been vehicles. → Read More

Rising number of people tapped their 401(k)s last year amid economic strain

A growing number of people tapped into their retirement savings accounts last year amid the highest inflation in four decades. → Read More

Jobless claims tumble to lowest since April of last year

Jane Sullivan Roberts, the wife of Chief Justice John Roberts, could face an ethics inquiry by the Justice Department. A former colleague of Jane Roberts is asking for an inquiry after claiming that the chief justice's wife had been paid millions in commissions to place lawyers at firms — some of which have business before the Supreme Court, according to a letter obtained by the New York Times. → Read More

Fed slows its rate-hiking campaign even more as inflation starts to abate

The Federal Reserve conducted its smallest interest rate increase in nearly a year as it further winds down the most aggressive rate-hiking campaign in four decades in response to signs that the historic inflation of the past few years is slowing down. → Read More

Credit card late fees capped at $8 in proposed rule from CFPB

The Biden administration has proposed a new rule cracking down on late fees from credit card issuers. → Read More

GOP move to add 'welfare' to subcommittee name sparks Democratic outrage

Senate lawmakers are getting frustrated with the Biden administration’s refusal to share basic details in the classified document cases of Joe Biden and Donald Trump. The Senate Intelligence Committee has been pressing intel officials to share details about the kinds of documents uncovered in each case. Those officials say their hands are tied by ongoing special counsel investigations. → Read More

Red state rush: Republican states saw 2022 migration boom

Lower taxes, Republican legislatures, and stronger pandemic economies — people flocked to red states and abandoned blue ones in 2022. → Read More

Mounting evidence of inflation slowdown means Fed set to ease off the brakes

An accumulation of evidence that inflation is falling is raising expectations that the Federal Reserve will dial back its rate hikes next week, a prospect that bodes well for the overall economy and raises the chances that the country will evade a recession. → Read More

New home sales unexpectedly rise in December as mortgage rates soften

Sales of new homes unexpectedly rose in December, a good sign for the economy. → Read More

Economy grew 2.1% in 2022, holding up through inflation and interest rate hikes

The economy grew 2.1% in 2022, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday, a year marked first by recession fears and then by the largest burst of inflation in decades, which prompted a frantic campaign by the Federal Reserve to ease price pressures through interest rate hikes. → Read More

West Virginia treasurer proposes legislation to further curb ESG a year after BlackRock divestment

West Virginia’s state treasurer has introduced legislation that seeks to further combat corporate environmental and social goals, a move that is part of a broader pushback from Republican-led states. → Read More

House committee launches IRS whistleblower portal in ramp-up of oversight

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO) announced on Wednesday the launch of an online portal for IRS employees to report malfeasance directly to Congress. → Read More

Stablecoin regulation is on the menu, GOP lawmaker says

House Republicans are gearing up for a battle with Democrats and the White House over raising the debt ceiling in the weeks ahead. While the White House says it won't negotiate with GOP lawmakers, Republicans are calling for spending cuts and future budget reductions in exchange for their support for a debt limit hike. → Read More

Working from home means saving 55 minutes a day on average, research finds

House Republicans are gearing up for a battle with Democrats and the White House over raising the debt ceiling in the weeks ahead. While the White House says it won't negotiate with GOP lawmakers, Republicans are calling for spending cuts and future budget reductions in exchange for their support for a debt limit hike. → Read More

Nearly half of US thinks country is already in recession: Survey

A new poll found that a major share of the public thinks the economy is already in a recession, even though it is not by the common understanding of the term. → Read More