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  • Obama: Would Consider Corporate Tax Cut Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 2:42 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    Democrat Barack Obama said he would consider trimming corporate tax rates as part of a simplification of the U.S. tax code if he is elected to the White House, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

  • Vince Farrell

    I had a visit on Power Lunch today and we talked about the effect on the health care stocks depending on who wins the White House. In general, pharmaceutical companies do well when they have a new product pipeline of innovative products that allow them to command high prices.

  • Russert's Silence Will Be "Heard" This Election Year Monday, 16 Jun 2008 | 10:45 AM ET

    As the American media's leading political analyst, he played a role far beyond the viewership of NBC's "Meet the Press." Grilling candidates respectfully, moderating debates fairly, interpreting election results with the insight of a former political operative...

  • The Ambiguous Economics Of John McCain   Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 12:42 PM ET

    In recent days the Republican standard bearer gave a really strong supply-side taxpayer-friendly speech, hitting all the right notes. Undoubtedly his best economic statement of the campaign to date.

  • Obama Leads McCain But He Still Has Some Work To Do Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | 4:22 PM ET

    Democrat Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain by 47%-41% in the 2008 race for the White House, according to the first NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted after Mr. Obama wrapped up the Democratic presidential nomination.

  • Johnson Resigns from Obama's Vice Pres. Vetting Team Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | 5:12 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    A former CEO leading Barack Obama's search for a vice presidential candidate resigned abruptly Wednesday after questions about his home mortgage deals became a distraction for a candidate who argues he's not influenced by special interests.

  • Obama Slightly Increases Lead Over McCain: Poll Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | 6:37 PM ET

    Democrat Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain by 47 percent to 41 percent in the 2008 race for the White House, according to the first NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted after Mr. Obama wrapped up the Democratic presidential nomination.

  • Barack Obama: What He's Like When Cameras Are Off Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | 9:51 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    A couple of my colleagues back at CNBC headquarters thought Obama looked subdued and serious during the interview. "He needs to lighten up," one of them said. But of course they didn't the Obama I saw off camera, who was plenty loose.

  • Big Mac: The Taxpayer-Friendly Candidate Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | 9:37 AM ET

    The Republican candidate for president embraced low-tax-rate incentives to grow the economy, promising a combination of pro-growth tax reform and simplification along with significant spending restraint.

  • Farrell: Obama Can Steer A Middle Course Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | 9:31 AM ET

    Tuesday night on Larry Kudlow's show was interesting as always but a couple of issues stood out. Sean Tully of Fortune Magazine opined that oil could fall back to a range of $50-70 before too long.

  • Boeing Headquarters

    It's been a year since I started reporting on "the biggest defense contract of 2007," except now it'll be "the biggest defense contract of 2008." Or maybe 2009. The $35 tanker deal has taken more odd turns than a lost UAV, including...

  • Voters Say ‘Drill’ But Neither Candidate Gets It Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 8:51 AM ET

    Public worry number one is now oil, jobs, and the economy, with the inflationary woes of the U.S. dollar right underneath. The candidate who can connect with these issues will win in November. But so far neither Obama nor McCain are dealing with the new political reality.

  • Oil/Dollar Updates Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 3:59 PM ET

    Skyrocketing oil and gas pump prices have become public enemy number one on the economics front, and politically priority number one out on the campaign trail. (Though neither Obama nor McCain have really connected with the public’s desire to drill and produce more oil as a way of getting gas prices down.)

  • John McCain and Barack Obama

    As he campaigned against racial integration in the 1960s, George Wallace complained "there's not a dime's worth of difference" between the Democratic and Republican parties. But nowadays that's only true in primary elections.

  • Clinton Suspends Presidential Campaign, Backs Obama Saturday, 7 Jun 2008 | 2:53 PM ET

    Hillary Clinton ended her historic quest to become the first female president Saturday, congratulating Democratic rival Barack Obama and throwing her full support behind him. Obama said he was "thrilled and honored" to have Clinton's support.

  • Some people assume the worst about Hillary Clinton, who tomorrow will formally end his campaign for the Democratic nomination and endorse Barack Obama. And those people have had a field day with her campaign's endgame, seeing Clinton as caring only about herself.

  • A Command Performance By McConnell Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 3:11 PM ET

    He hit all the right notes. Overtax. Overspend. Over-regulate. Central planning. Command-and-control of the U.S. economy. All in the name of a dubious global-warming theory.

  • Clinton to End White House Bid and Back Obama Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 8:40 PM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton will end her White House bid and declare her support for Barack Obama, aides said on Wednesday, drawing the curtain on a grueling 16-month nominating fight that badly split the Democratic Party.

  • Stocks Still Don't Like Obama Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 2:54 PM ET

    Last night on Kudlow & Company we discussed the theory suggesting the stock market sold off a hundred points earlier in the day -- despite Fed head Ben Bernanke's bullish King Dollar statement -- because of the AP headline announcing Obama's impending nomination.

  • Hillary Clinton: Does She Want The V.P. Spot--Or Not? Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 11:21 AM ET
    V.P. or not V.P.?

    Some Democratic strategists had earlier speculated that she wouldn’t want the vice presidential slot, since as First Lady during the 1990s she had already been as close to the Oval Office as someone can get without being chief executive.