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  • Obama Stretching Lead Over McCain: NBC/WSJ Poll Tuesday, 21 Oct 2008 | 6:30 PM ET

    Democratic candidate Barack Obama has widened his lead over Republican John McCain in the race for the White House, propelled by rising voter approval of his personal characteristics and his handling of economic issues, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.

  • As we close in on the presidential election, most polls are showing Obama in the lead, and the Intrade markets currently show Obama with a higher probability of winning the presidency. www.intrade.com)

  • Candidates Prepare for Final Debate Wednesday, 15 Oct 2008 | 9:51 AM ET
    Barack Obama & John McCain

    Barack Obama and John McCain will both pursue the image of a strong leader in troublesome economic times as they meet Wednesday night for their third and final presidential debate.

  • Good Little Stuff from Big Mac Tuesday, 14 Oct 2008 | 2:43 PM ET

    It certainly wasn’t the big-bang across-the-board tax-reform and tax-cut plan that I and others lobbied for. But John McCain’s “Pension and Family Security Plan” unveiled today on the campaign trail does have some solid pro-growth nuggets.

  • The Parade of Big Ideas Continues Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | 3:08 PM ET

    Big CEOs (Lloyd Blankfein from Goldman, John Mack from Morgan Stanley and Vikrim Pandit from Citigroup) are all meeting with officials from the Fed and Treasury at this moment to agree on a financial market stabilization initiative.

  • Independents Split Evenly Between Candidates Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | 8:24 AM ET
    Barack Obama & John McCain

    Earlier this year, independents were a strength for both John McCain and Barack Obama. But as Election Day approaches, independents are sounding more like Democrats than Republicans on the campaign's overarching issue, the reeling economy.

  • Obama Wraps His Hopes Inside Economic Anxiety Thursday, 9 Oct 2008 | 11:34 AM ET
    Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., answers a question during the first Democratic presidential primary debate of the 2008 election hosted by South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C., Thursday, April 26, 2007. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    When Senator Barack Obama began speaking about the economy on Wednesday, it sounded, at first, as if ghastly news was coming.

  • Will McCain Make the Investor Connection? Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 4:17 PM ET

    While the presidential candidates were debating in Nashville on Tuesday night the Asian stock markets were selling off by 10 percent. Earlier in the day the U.S. market plunged by 500 points. These were big-time drops, yet presidential debaters never talk about the stock market. Nashville was no exception.

  • Campaign Ads Give Television Networks a Boost Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 3:26 PM ET
    Presidential Debate

    The day after a political debate it seems appropriate to examine just what this presidential campaign means for the TV biz. First, to the debate itself, in which both candidates spent quite a bit of time addressing the plummeting stock market and the financial meltdown, which also surely drove viewers to tune in.

  • Why Mr. Buffett Won't Be Going to Washington Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 12:27 PM ET

    Warren Buffett's name was mentioned during last night's debate by both John McCain and Barack Obama as a potential Treasury Secretary, but it seems extremely unlikely Buffett would ever give up Berkshire Hathaway and Omaha and relocate to Washington.

  • The Last Word--For Now--On Dendreon Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 10:55 AM ET

    Since there should really be no compelling reason to blog or report on Dendreon and Provenge for quite awhile, here's one last hurrah.

  • Markets Tank Amid Efforts To Contain Global Crisis Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | 6:38 PM ET
    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.

  • McCain, Obama Camps Trade Barbs on Negative Ads Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | 11:14 AM ET
    Barack Obama & John McCain

    The McCain and Obama presidential campaigns traded accusations of mudslinging Monday in the wake of new ads dredging up infamous events from 20, 30, even 40 years ago.

  • A Great Opening for Sarah Palin Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | 1:01 PM ET

    I sure hope Sarah Palin talks at some length about drilling in tonight’s debate with Sen. Joe Biden. Palin is an energy expert. And if she is unleashed she can score major points against her opponent, who has opposed every expansion of oil, gas, and nuclear down through the years

  • Palin Says She Represents 'Joe Six-Pack' Wednesday, 1 Oct 2008 | 9:56 AM ET
    Sarah Palin

    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin portrayed herself Tuesday as a champion of everyday people while noting her family's stock portfolio took a $20,000 hit last week.

  • Having A Good Laugh At Money And Politics Monday, 29 Sep 2008 | 12:50 PM ET

    If the markets and the election want to make you tear your hair out...here's a much better alternative: laugh. First off--politics. I highly recommend the latest edition of "National Review", where Rob Long, who used to write for "Cheers", has an "article" on suggested reading for pre-teen girls.

  • A Paulson-Cantor Plan Is a Win-Win for Taxpayers   Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 4:20 PM ET

    The single-biggest mistake in the Paulson bank-rescue-plan marketing effort has been the failure to explain clearly how taxpayers are going to recoup $700 billion used to buy toxic assets at auction in order to unfreeze the banking system.

  • Poll: Will McCain Show for Presidential Debate? Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 10:26 AM ET
  • McCain Reverses, Will Attend Scheduled Debate Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 9:49 AM ET

    With just hours to go, Americans waited for word on whether John McCain would show up for Friday's scheduled debate against Barack Obama, a widely anticipated showdown that has been cast in doubt by U.S. financial chaos and extraordinary political maneuvering.

  • 2008 Clinton Global Initiative Summit Thursday, 25 Sep 2008 | 6:32 PM ET

    The financial crisis roiling markets in the U.S. and around the world underscores the importance of taking a global perspective, former President Clinton said at the start of his summit of world leaders and celebrities.