• In Address, President Will Focus on the Middle Class Sunday, 10 Feb 2013 | 10:37 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    President Obama on Tuesday will seek to move beyond the politics of the moment to define a second-term agenda built around restoring economic prosperity to the middle class, using his State of the Union address to unveil initiatives in education, infrastructure, clean energy and manufacturing.

  • President Barack Obama nominates Jack Lew as the next Treasury Secretary.

    Jack Lew, President Barack Obama's pick to be U.S. treasury secretary, is expected to come under fire for the administration's budget policies and a nearly $1 million bonus he received from bailed-out bank Citigroup when he testifies on Wednesday before a Senate panel vetting him for the job.

  • Is Obama Ready for a Billionaire in His Cabinet? Friday, 8 Feb 2013 | 2:18 PM ET
    Penny Pritzker

    Penny Pritzker, a possible nominee for commerce secretary, has never been comfortable with the title "billionaire." Her wealth could also be an odd fit in the Obama White House.

  • Automatic government spending cuts due to go into effect March 1 unless Congress acts. The effect of the reductions would slash non-defense programs by 9 percent across the board and defense programs by 13 percent, the White House said.

  • Regulation: Reform vs. Hurdles     Friday, 8 Feb 2013 | 11:35 AM ET

    John Engler, Business Roundtable, explains what the President needs to say at the State of the Union next week, with CNBC's Rick Santelli.

  • Gov. Christie's Online Gamble     Friday, 8 Feb 2013 | 10:23 AM ET

    Lawmakers are expected to approve New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's amendments to existing legislation on Internet gaming, reports CNBC's Brian Shactman.

  • Probe Under Way Into Hacks of Bush Family Emails Friday, 8 Feb 2013 | 10:13 AM ET
    George W. Bush and George Bush Sr.

    A hacker apparently accessed private photos and emails sent between members of the Bush family, including both former presidents.

  • Eastwood: If DC Doesn't 'Give a Damn,' How Can We? Friday, 8 Feb 2013 | 7:26 AM ET
    Clint Eastwood RNC Speech

    "It's almost like they don't give a damn," Hollywood legend and Republican supporter Clint Eastwood told CNBC, referring to the gridlock in Washington.

  • Americans Brace for the Pain of Austerity Thursday, 7 Feb 2013 | 9:44 PM ET

    From long delays at the nation's airports to huge potential layoffs of government workers, Americans may soon feel the pinch of austerity. The Financial Times reports.

  • Coulter to GOP: Stop Running Scared     Thursday, 7 Feb 2013 | 7:50 PM ET

    Discussing what's the GOP's primary problem, with Peter Suderman, Reason Magazine; Mark Hannah, Democratic political analyst; and Ann Coulter, syndicated columnist.

  • Brennan CIA Hearing Interrupted by Protests Thursday, 7 Feb 2013 | 5:39 PM ET
    Anti-war protesters disrupt the start of a nomination hearing for U.S. Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan.

    Nominated to head the CIA, John Brennan told a protest-disrupted Senate confirmation hearing Thursday the United States employs drone strikes only as a deterrent against imminent terrorist threats, not as punishment for previous attacks.

  • Crisis Looms if Defense Cuts Implemented: Panetta Thursday, 7 Feb 2013 | 3:02 PM ET
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

    Across-the-board budget cuts present the U.S. military with the most significant readiness crisis in more than a decade and quick action is needed to avoid the spending reductions, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned during testimony Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

  • Obama Looks for 'Big Deal' on Spending Cuts and Taxes Thursday, 7 Feb 2013 | 2:07 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama told fellow Democrats on Thursday he is willing to agree to a "big deal" with Congress on spending cuts and tax reforms to end the fiscal uncertainty over the deficit.

  • John Brennan

    While in the private sector John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to be director of the CIA, was working for a corporate parent that was looking business from Chinese companies while it labored on sensitive US security operations.

  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry Courts California Wednesday, 6 Feb 2013 | 4:34 PM ET

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has released a radio ad in California hoping to lure businesses to the Lone Star state. California Gov. Jerry Brown's reaction? "It's a big nothing."

  • Obama Taps Outdoor Retail Exec for Interior Secretary Wednesday, 6 Feb 2013 | 3:28 PM ET
    Sally Jewell.

    President Obama on Wednesday tapped REI business executive Sally Jewell to lead his Interior Department, making her the first woman he has nominated for his Cabinet in the second term.

  • Senate Republicans Seek 7-Month Delay in Spending Cuts Wednesday, 6 Feb 2013 | 2:30 PM ET

    Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee proposed a seven-month delay in looming automatic spending cuts that would be paid for by shrinking the federal workforce.

  • Back-Loaded Debt Cut Plan Won't Fly: Biz Leaders Wednesday, 6 Feb 2013 | 12:41 PM ET

    A deficit reduction package to preserve short term economic growth by delaying the most aggressive measures would a no-go for the markets, the private sector and politicians, business leaders told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • What Would You Call Tim Geithner's Book? Wednesday, 6 Feb 2013 | 12:02 PM ET
    Timothy Geithner

    Let's help out the former Treasury Secretary with title suggestions for his upcoming book.

  • Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe speaks during a press conference at U.S. Postal Service headquarters February 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.

    "This is just one step in a plan to resolve our finances," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in an interview on CNBC.

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