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  • G20 flags U.S. fiscal cliff, Europe's debt woes Sunday, 4 Nov 2012 | 5:15 AM ET

    *US budget uncertainty looms large over Mexico meeting. MEXICO CITY, Nov 4- Finance chiefs of the world's 20 leading economies are ringing alarm bells over the U.S. fiscal cliff and Europe's debt woes at a meeting in Mexico this weekend as they look to push back deficit reduction targets to help boost growth.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- The contentious U.S.- China trade relationship has been a major issue in the U.S. race for the White House, with President Barack Obama defending his record and Republican challenger Mitt Romney promising tougher tactics if elected.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- The long, bumpy road to America's ``fiscal cliff'' has been traced over many years by Congress and successive U.S. presidents. Now, crucial deadlines loom at year-end on major budget and tax issues, a convergence of problems Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke dubbed a ``fiscal cliff.'' Will lawmakers rise to the challenge?

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- After the Nov. 6 elections, Congress and the White House will face tough decisions on tax rates, tax breaks and budget cuts in a convergence of high-stakes deadlines that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke dubbed a' massive fiscal cliff.'.

  • Romney would bring CEO eye to White House Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    BOSTON-- Should he prevail Tuesday, Mitt Romney would bring a CEO's eye to the White House and a policy agenda based on a general set of principles and focused more on data than ideology. And he would likely have to work with a divided Congress to accomplish it all.

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 1- World finance chiefs this weekend will press the United States on how it can prevent its fiscal problems from hitting the global economy and will seek reassurance from Europe that it has a grip on its debt crisis.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 31- A U.S. free trade agreement with Panama went into force on Wednesday, five years after it was originally negotiated, opening the way for increased U.S. exports as the Central American country continues its canal expansion project.

  • *New Jersey Senators asked for more federal money. NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Oct 31- New York state on Wednesday asked the U.S. federal government to pay all the costs of cleaning up and repairing damage from massive storm Sandy that tore through the Northeast this week and crippled New York City.

  • US Bush-era trade deal with Panama goes into force Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 6:32 PM ET

    ``This trade deal will guarantee access to Panama's $20.6 billion services market and more than $15 billion in infrastructure projects...

  • Close race makes up for waning zeal in US expat vote Sunday, 28 Oct 2012 | 9:00 AM ET

    BERLIN, Oct 28- With the U.S. presidential election too close to call, hundreds of thousands of Americans living in Europe have been posting their absentee ballots with a sense that they could truly make a difference on Nov. 6.

  • UPDATE 1-White House: not crafting new tax cut plan Saturday, 27 Oct 2012 | 7:09 PM ET

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Oct 27- President Barack Obama will continue to push for middle-class tax cuts as part of his economic agenda, but the White House is not considering a specific new tax cut plan at this time, a spokesman for Obama said on Saturday. It is something he'll continue to push for,'' White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

  • Q3 economic growth in presidential election years Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 11:02 AM ET
  • Networks, AP changing exit poll strategy Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- A growth in early voting and tough economy for the media are forcing changes to the exit poll system that television networks and The Associated Press depend upon to deliver the story on Election Night, all with the pressure-filled backdrop of a tight presidential race.

  • Could events beyond campaign control jolt race? Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 1:53 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.-- An election-eve terrorist strike. Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are on guard for anything that could push the presidential race from its taut course. They've got a plan and they are now going to execute it, "said Carter Eskew, a top strategist for Democrat Al Gore during a 2000 campaign that came up just short."

  • COLUMN-Bernanke, the election and risk assets: James Saft Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 7:45 PM ET

    Oct 24- Now we have the pre-election Federal Reserve meeting out of the way, we can go back to worrying about the real issue. Not who will be president, but who that president will slot in to park in Ben Bernanke's parking spot when his term as Federal Reserve Chairman runs out in January 2014.

  • Auto bailout could be key to Obama victory in Ohio Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 2:15 PM ET

    LORDSTOWN, Ohio-- President Barack Obama's decision to help America's automakers could end up being what helps drive him back into the White House.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: Debt Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 2:39 PM ET

    The budget deficit _ the shortfall created when the government spends more in a given year than it collects in taxes and fees_ topped $1 trillion for the fourth straight time in the budget year that just ended Sept. 30. It now borrows roughly 31 cents for every dollar it spends.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: The environment Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 2:13 PM ET

    President Barack Obama achieved historic increases in fuel-economy standards that would save drivers money at the pump while raising the cost of new vehicles. Obama failed to persuade a Democratic Congress to pass limits he promised on carbon emissions and shelved a plan to toughen health standards on lung-damaging smog.

  • FACT CHECK: Missteps in final presidential debate Monday, 22 Oct 2012 | 10:39 PM ET

    ROMNEY on Syria: "What I'm afraid of is we've watched over the past year or so, first the president saying, `Well, we'll let the U.N. deal with it.' And Assad _ excuse me, Kofi Annan _ came in and said we're going to try to have a cease-fire.

  • 'Fiscal Cliff': CNBC Explains Monday, 22 Oct 2012 | 10:53 AM ET

    The fiscal cliff may sound like the name of an exercise retreat on a mountain top in Southern California, but the reality is not so pretty. What it refers to is the potentially dire economic situation the U.S. faces at the end of 2012.  Here's a look.