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    The  age-old idea is attracting new fans, amid growing investor concern that enormous government borrowing is weakening the dollar and spark hyper-inflation.

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    The British Chamber of Commerce cut its growth forecasts for the UK for this year and next and said the weaker-than-predicted economy means interest rates will have to stay low longer than expected.

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    Social Security has been a controversial subject since its beginning, But what does it actually do and how does it work? CNBC explains.

  • US President Barack Obama speaks alongside Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke during the Economic Daily Briefing.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke may be willing and able to provide more monetary stimulus for the U.S. economy, but the more effective medicine—fiscal aid out of Washington—isn’t in the wings, say economists.

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    America must do more to encourage the entrepreneurs who will create the next high-growth companies that will hire more workers, Steve Case told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Doug Dachille, First Principles Capital Management weighs in on whether or not Bernanke will reveal another round of quantitative easing on Friday.

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    JumpStart NYC was created to help unemployed professionals apply their knowledge, skills and abilities in opportunities at small, entrepreneurial companies.

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    Many laid-off workers have turned to retraining as a lifeline, taking courses to increase their skills and abilities in hopes of landing a new job.

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    An array of 42 radio telescopes seeking signs of intelligent life in the universe will continue that work after private donors raised enough money to keep them going.

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    All states, regardless of partisanship, hate the idea because states (and some cities) already use the sales tax. They do not want the Feds elbowing their way in on these revenues, but perhaps now is the time to think about a national sales tax.

  • Stormy Weather - A CNBC Special Report

    Six years after Hurricane Katrina and countless subsequent disasters many are still questioning the effectiveness of  the Federal Emergency Management Agency . 

  • Debt, Default & Government Spending

    The CNBC news team with a look at today's rhetoric on the debt; what would happen if the government defaulted, and the staggering cost of Medicare and other federal programs.

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    The  U.S. economy has suffered through many recessions in its history. But just what is a recession and how do they come about?  Here are the details in this CNBC explains.

  • One of the trademarks of the current recession has been widespread unemployment. As a result, anyone looking for a job right now should probably cast a wide net and include government jobs in their search for a regular paycheck.

    CNBC.com collected the annual salaries of employees in 10 high-earning government jobs, and compared them with salaries from the same jobs in the private sector. Check out the list!

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

    Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro told CNBC Wednesday the regulatory agency still has a "full pipeline" of civil actions resulting from 2008's financial crisis in which Lehman Brothers went bankrupt.

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    Defying a veto threat, the Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday night to slice federal spending by $6 trillion and require a constitutional balanced budget amendment to be sent to the states in exchange for averting a threatened Aug. 2 government default.

  • Hope for Debt Deal Boosts Bonds

    President Obama's comments about a potential bipartisan agreement gave a big boost to Treasuries this afternoon, with the Fast Money traders, and Dan Greenhaus, BTIG chief global strategist.

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    Wynn Resorts CEO Stephen Wynn used his company's conference call to lay into the Obama administration, calling it the "greatest wet blanket to business and progress and job creation in my lifetime."

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    Companies both large and small have been slow in creating jobs in the current recovery, and have cited many reasons for it.

  • Your Job, Your Life - A CNBC Special Report

    Uncle Sam has spent tens of billions of dollars on unemployment benefits over the past few years. Some say it has been a lifeline for the long-term unemployed. Others say it has kept people from taking available jobs.