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In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler dissects the US debt dramas, Burgess looks at Labor's black comedy, Koukoulas tackles the US' ongoing fiscal challenges and Gottliebsen reckons Abbott could learn from Obama.

Suspense! Action! And a Hollywood ending
Alan Kohler
Playing to a tight script, the Republicans and Democrats struck a last-minute deal to avoid a default. But this drama is sure to have a sequel.

How to spot a housing bubble before it bursts
Steve Keen
It would seem that commentators can only spot a housing bubble after it has burst. This time, they’d do well to consider the statistics.

Climate: Carbon repeal cost is all in the timing
Tristan Edis
If the government doesn’t repeal the carbon price through the new Senate by September this year, there could be significant costs for taxpayers.

Labor is amusing us all to death
Rob Burgess
The ALP’s political bloodletting has given the media great material, but it’s policy that is sorely needed to prevent a nasty economic collision with Asia.

The US remains in a fiscal pickle
Stephen Koukoulas
The President may have resolved the debt crisis, but economic recovery may be a more complex task.

US salvation from a violent storm
Robert Gottliebsen
Tony Abbott has much to learn from President Obama’s steely determination in resolving the US debt crisis.

It's time to recover from the Labor addiction
Michael Gawenda
Journalists have been too reliant on Labor’s dramas to fill the news cycle, despite their irrelevance under an Abbott Government.

Wait on the size of the RBA’s bang
Stephen Koukoulas
Retail spending is ticking upwards, housing prices are climbing.  The Reserve Bank’s next move is to hike up rates. 

Rents floored by the hard reality of retail softness
Victoria Thieberger
After years of charging outsized rent increases, retail landlords are now feeling the effects of weak domestic demand.

Palmer's everything Shorten could wish for
Rob Burgess
Coal baron Clive Palmer could be an easy target for opposition leader Bill Shorten in his battle to save the carbon price.

Keep it simple, Sinophiles
John Lee
When it comes to managing relations with China, Tony Abbott would do well to stick to simple and inoffensive middle-power diplomacy.

From cash to code: the silent rise of digital currency
Daniel Palmer
Bitcoin is just the beginning of the digital currency wave. It has laid the foundations of what is to come — but are businesses and regulators ready?

It pays to keep an eye on the pies
Chris Kohler
In just 12 years, former NRL superstar Sean Garlick used his name to spearhead a retail and wholesale pie empire. 

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