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    As America’s largest foreign creditor, China has little option but to hope for the best and try to calm jittery markets in the event of a downgrade of US debt by the ratings agencies according to economists at Capital Economics.

  • "Go the F**k to Sleep" by Adam Mansbach

    Author Adam Mansbach said what every parent was thinking, "Hey, kids: 'Go the F— to Sleep.'" Now, one TV anchor is saying what most of America has been thinking: "Hey, Congress: 'Go the F— to Sleep!'"

  • Traders Wait for Debt Deal

    A check on markets, with Gordon Charlop, Rosenblatt Securities and Alan Valdes, DME Securities.

  • Debt Impasse Impact

    How would a potential U.S. default affect the markets? Insight on how you should invest now, with Susan Fulton, FBB Capital Partners; Dan Clifton, Strategas Research Partners, and CNBC's Eamon Javers.

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    The current political turmoil may put technical levels for stocks at risk, Philippe Gijsels, the head of research at BNP Paribas Fortis Global Markets in Brussels, told CNBC.com in an interview Thursday.

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    The nation's health care tab is on track to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020, accounting for about $1 of every $5 in the economy, government number crunchers estimate in a report out Thursday.

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    In the very unlikely event that the United States defaults on its debt obligations, the country's economy would contract by 5 percent and stocks would fall by nearly a third, according to Credit Suisse.

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    When "the dollar is the reserve currency underpinning the system, waking up to discover that U.S. debt may not be AAA after all is surely a market event,” says an analyst at one European bank.

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    With the clock ticking in Washington DC and Congress desperately trying to find an agreement on raising the debt ceiling, the greenback is heading towards levels last seen in the fall of 2008, when it reached its lowest point over the past 10 years.

  • Dick Bove

    Until Washington resolves its debt ceiling impasse no investments are safe, says banking analyst Dick Bove, who recommends shedding all positions in the stock market.

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    Other than a short rally today, the dollar's been taking it on the chin as Washington squabbles. Here's how to trade it.

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    Even a debt deal may not prevent a rating cut for U.S. debt. Here's what it would mean for the dollar, and what you can do.

  • Last night, I spoke with David Beers, head of S&P's sovereign debt rating committee on CNBC’s Kudlow Report. He made it very clear: the U.S. must take steps to lower its debt/GDP trend over the long run.

  • Andrew Liveris

    America is "becoming a bit of a laughingstock" to Europe because of its inability to resolve its debt problem, Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris told CNBC Wednesday.

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    Debt woes hit the dollar - again - and Asian currencies lift off. Time for your daily FX Fix.

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    Analysts at Barclays Capital expect the United States to lose its AAA credit rating as a compromise plan is passed by Congress that leads S&P to cut its rating on US debt.

  • U.S. Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner

    As the high risk-game of chicken over raising the US debt ceiling draws closer to possible economic collision, one economist is warning that any deal that wins approval from the right-wing Tea Party movement will pass neither the Senate nor the president.

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    As the debate over raising the debt ceiling in the United States lurches onward, one analyst tells CNBC that if America wants to keep taxing its people like it's the 1950’s, it will need to significantly cut back on spending.

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

    I know I’m supposed to be all freaked out about the nation reaching its debt limit and our credit being downgraded and we’ll stop paying some bills. But I live in California. This is normal. Daily panic and doomsday scenarios over government finances started here. Political gridlock, kicking the can down the road…that’s how we roll.

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    That August 2 deadline just keeps approaching, and Washington seems no closer to a debt deal. Here's how to trade the impasse.