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Politics George W. Bush

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    The eight major Republican candidates for president joined in a united attack against President Obama as commander in chief during a debate Saturday, but at times differed sharply over how to block Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the way forward with Pakistan, the New York Times reports.

  • The average funeral in the U.S. costs about . Educated consumers can comparison shop and find a coffin at Wal-Mart for less than , but typically those grieving for loved ones simply reply on local funeral homes and accept their price points.While the cost associated with the average funeral service is burdensome for most, there are those for whom no average funeral will do. Many actors, musicians and politicians have been sent off in grand fashion, with extravagant final services featuring dizzy

    Who has had some of the most extravagant funerals of all time? Check out our list.

  • Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) addresses the Blackhawk County Republican annual Lincoln Day Dinner in Waterloo, Iowa.

    In September 2007, Fox News put Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani and a man who was, back then, a long shot for the Republican presidential nomination, John McCain, on a debate stage in New Hampshire. The face-off attracted 3.2 million viewers—the most of any debate so far that year, the New York Times reports.

  • Texas Governor Rick Perry

    Rick Perry of Texas struggled through his first three debates, so his aides have staged practice sessions, complete with a stand-in for Mitt Romney. He has stirred outrage among conservatives on immigration, so he is defending his stance on the campaign trail as good economics, report the New York Times.

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    A recent survey of the unemployed showed more than a quarter of respondents opposed renewing the current extended unemployment benefits, the NY Times reports.

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    A new book claims that President Obama’s response to the economic crisis was hampered by a White House economic staff plagued by internal rivalries, a domineering chief adviser and a Treasury secretary who dragged his feet on enforcing decisions with which he disagreed, the New York Times reports.

  • Maria Bartiromo Reflects on 9/11

    CNBC's Maria Bartiromo was at Wall Street on September 11th, 2001, and reflects on her memories of that day.

  • M&A Activity: What Walmart Wants

    CNBC's Kayla Tausche has the story on Wal-Mart Stores eyeing growth through acquisition, with Asher Edelman, Edelman Arts, who also discusses the business of art.

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    Ten years after the attacks on September 11, we still don’t live in a world where we are free from terror threats. But we have made great progress on how to best communicate those threats in a way that makes us all a little bit safer.

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    "Post-9/11 surveillance measures have made it far too easy for the government to review our personal and business records, telephone and e-mail conversations, and virtually all aspects of our lives," the author and President of the ACLU explains in this guest blog why the Fourth Amendment is good for business and essential for democracy.

  • Former US Vice President Dick Cheney (R)

    After three years in office, President Obama should stop blaming current fiscal problems on George W. Bush's administration, Dick Cheney told CNBC.

  • Texas Governor Rick Perry

    Texas is home to at least one-third of the jobs created nationwide since the recession ended. The state’s economy is growing about twice as fast as the national rate. Home prices have remained stable even as much of the country has seen sharp declines, the New York Times reports.

  • A participant at a Tea Party Express rally displays a sign critical of the Obama administration on April 13, 2010 in Albany, New York. The Tea Party Express will head to Boston on Wednesday where the headline speaker at an afternoon rally will be Sarah Palin.

    Although it’s a bit far afield from my usual stomping grounds of Wall Street and financial regulation, I think it might be helpful for some of my readers to have a better understanding of presidential politics.

  • Tim Geithner

    Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary and dean of President Obama’s economic team, is expected to stay through the president’s term after intense White House pressure, according to officials familiar with the discussions. The New York Times Reports.

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building in Washington, DC.

    Congress is starving the agency responsible for bringing financial wrongdoers to justice — while putting over $200 million that could otherwise have been spent on investigations and enforcement actions back into the pockets of Wall Street, the New York Times reports.

  • Barack Obama meets for budget talks with congressional leaders July 10, 2011 in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, including House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (L), and House Speaker John Boehner.

    Intense exchanges this week between the two parties have made it clear that this is not so much a negotiation over dollars and cents as a broader clash between the two parties over the size and role of government, reports the New York Times.

  • Light Bulbs

    Having to buy a squiggly fluorescent light bulb is an affront to personal freedom, some lawmakers are saying as the House decides whether to overturn a law setting new energy-efficiency standards for the bulbs.

  • BENGHAZI, LIBYA - FEBRUARY 25: Libyans protest demanding the removal of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi following Friday prayers on February 25, 2011 in Benghazi, Libya. Benghazi residents mourned more victims of the violence as fighting continued around the capitol Tripoli.

    The House appears likely to vote this week on a measure that would limit financing for the American military efforts in Libya, using the chamber’s appropriations power to push back against the White House, which did not seek Congressional authorization for the mission, the New York Times reports.

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    Consumer spending has weakened. Hiring has slowed. Stocks have slid. As tends to be the case in the long aftermath of a financial crisis, the economy once again needs help.  And the debt talks have become the best opportunity for Washington to provide that help, the New York Times reports.

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    Opening a new phase in a race to define the direction of their party, the leading Republican presidential candidates gathered  for the first time to debate, the York Times reports.