Lauryn Hill has begun her three-month jail sentence for tax evasion, at a minimum security prison in Danbury, Connecticut.
The Federal Reserve has explicitly criticised budget cuts imposed by Congress, blaming fiscal policy for holding back the US's economic recovery.
Lauryn Hill has just two weeks to pay half a million dollars in overdue taxes.
Ebay has begun lobbying millions of its users against a bill it claims will impose an unfair tax burden on small businesses.
Barack Obama has held what he described as a "good" and "useful" meeting with House Republicans on Wednesday, though there was little sign that he had succeeded in persuading many of them to shift towards compromise on tax and spending.
Barack Obama warned at the first meeting of his second-term cabinet on Monday that the $85bn in forced spending cuts will mean difficult budget decisions in the weeks ahead and that unemployment will end up being higher than it needs to be.
The Obama administration turned up the heat on the Republicans on Sunday, sending out a slew of cabinet secretaries to issue dire warnings about the impact of $85bn of government cuts should sequestration be allowed to strike.
The Obama administration has issued its strongest warning so far that that the looming sequestration budget cuts will cause "calamity" for air travellers.
Barack Obama was officially sworn in as president for a second term at noon on Sunday, in a White House ceremony that was relatively quiet, compared with the one that will take place with hundreds of thousands lining the Mall on Monday.
Barack Obama has launched a new digital campaign that aims to harness the massive database of supporters' emails he amassed over two presidential elections and use it to propel the ambitious agenda for his second term in office.
America's long-running fiscal cliff crisis was finally resolved on Tuesday night when Congress voted in favour of a White House compromise that will impose tax rises on the wealthiest and spare the working-class and middle-class.
President Barack Obama has demanded that Senate leaders strike a fiscal cliff deal by Sunday to avert the looming US economic crisis, or face a vote based solely on his own measures.
President Barack Obama has been accused by a senior Republican of being eager to take the US over the fiscal cliff for political gain, as Washington edges closer to a year-end deadline with no deal in sight.