Politics George W. Bush

  • Barack Obama & John McCain

    Senator Barack Obama’s fund-raising juggernaut appears to have slowed dramatically from its record-shattering pace in September, raising $36 million in the first half of October, according to new filings with the Federal Election Commission.

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    The US government mishandled the credit crisis, much as it did Hurricane Katrina three years ago, say crisis management experts.

  • WALL STREET IN CRISIS - A CNBC SPECIAL REPORT

    The U.S. government's move to pour $250 billion into banks was appropriate and sufficient, but the markets will take time to heal, Mohamed El-Erian, Pimco co-CEO and co-chief investment officer, told CNBC Tuesday.

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    President Bush said Friday the government would move aggressively to address the financial markets crisis, but he acknowledged that anxiety was feeding on itself which was sending stocks plummeting.

  • Financial Crisis

    Governments around the world tried to contain the fast-spreading credit crisis, but stock, bond and commodity markets saw investors bet on a sharp downturn.

  • A number of Republican House members and staff, along with others who are plugged in, are telling me that Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats will come back with a new bill that includes all the left-wing stuff that was scrubbed from the bill that was defeated today in the House.

  • I thought he was pretty good. Kinda gave us some economic history about the mortgage credit collapse. Might have said a bit more on the taxpayers making good money as the mortgage loans are auctioned off and then worked out profitably.

  • John McCain and Barack Obama

    The economic crisis and raw politics threatened to derail the first presidential debate as John McCain challenged Barack Obama to delay the Friday forum and join forces to help Washington fix the financial mess. Obama rebuffed his GOP rival, saying the next president needs to "deal with more than one thing at once."

  • President Bush said Tuesday he is confident that Congress will reconcile differences and come together to pass a $700 billion bailout bill to deal with the financial meltdown that has shaken the global economy.

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  • As job losses in the United States have leaped, a second economic stimulus package has become “warranted and necessary,” House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told CNBC Monday.

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    U.S. President Bush Wednesday signed into law a housing rescue plan passed by Congress as foreclosures rise and property values slump, including emergency backstop credits for the big mortgag elenders.

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    John McCain and Barack Obama have begun recalibrating their strategies for the presidential campaign  in a contest recast by Mr. McCain’s unexpected selection of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate, the NewYork Times reports.

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    With the Democratic National Convention starting yesterday, the conversation over which candidate will be better for the economy will heat up.  Here are some stats on the Dow and presidential elections. With the exception of FDR's takeover for Herbert Hoover, it looks like "Change" seems to be less favorable to the markets than continuity when a Republican is in office. The best year for the Dow, on the other hand, occurred under a Democrat's administration.

  • National party conventions are known as much for their nonstop partying as they are for their politics — a time for lobbyists, politicians and corporate executives to gather at lavish receptions and elegant dinners.

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    Television networks are assigning reporters to a new beat this election year: people who don’t watch the evening news. With polls showing a surge in primary-season ballots cast by voters under 30, media outlets are out to convert the newly energized voters into viewers.

  • As Sen. John McCain and the GOP leadership nationalize the drill, drill, drill message, the Republican party might conceivably be riding a summer political rally. The question of offshore drilling has suddenly become the biggest political and economic wedge issue of this election.

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    Fannie Mae, the largest provider of funding for U.S. residential mortgages, on Wednesday said it grew its investment portfolio in June at the fastest annualized rate in nearly five years.

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    Rescue legislation sailed through the House Wednesday aimed at helping 400,000 homeowners avoid foreclosure and to prevent Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from collapsing.

  • Congress looks set to pass a housing rescue bill that will backstop Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, create tougher oversight of the mortgage finance giants and spend billions to prevent home foreclosures.