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  • 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.

  • If elected, Romney wants a say in 'fiscal cliff' Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 9:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Mitt Romney's transition team is quietly talking with government officials and Capitol Hill to develop a plan, if he's elected, to prevent massive cuts to the defense budget and extend tax cuts first passed under President George W. Bush. The economic policy planning is a major element of what's dubbed " The Readiness Project" inside the campaign.

  • Stellar duo target Ohio's working class for Obama Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    PARMA, Ohio-- Lest anyone forget the importance of Ohio's white, working-class voters, President Barack Obama sent a clear reminder on Thursday. Clinton implored voters to reward Obama for bailing out the auto industry, which has deep roots in Ohio. Ohio is at the center of both Obama and Republican Mitt Romney's campaign strategies.

  • Romney Rewrites Bush's Small-Business Legacy Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 9:55 AM ET
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    Romney has said his focus on small business is what distinguishes himself from the last Republican president, George W. Bush. But their approaches to entrepreneurs seem pretty similar, according to the New York Times.

  • Romney debate ad focuses on economy, Medicare Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 8:47 AM ET

    KEY IMAGES: The ad uses video from Mitt Romney' town hall-style presidential debate with President Barack Obama in Hempstead, N.Y., to attack the president's performance over the past four years. Median income is down $4,300 a family and 23 million Americans out of work.

  • Conservative PAC takes aim at Maine's Senate race Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 9:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Sensing an opportunity to keep Maine's Senate seat in Republican hands, a super PAC started by GOP strategist Karl Rove is airing television ads in the state for the first time as part of a $5 million blitz in a handful of states.

  • Debate's Impact on the Independent     Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 11:00 PM ET

    How tonight's debate impacted the independent voter, with Jared Bernstein, Former chief Economist to VP Biden; Sara Fagen, Former Top Aide to President George W. Bush; Keith Boykin, Democratic Strategist; Jim Nussle, Former OMB Director; Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman; and Austin Ligon, co-founder & former CEO of CarMax.

  • Romney's Economic Adviser Reacts to Debate     Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:50 PM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood and Larry Kudlow speak to Glen Hubbard, Mitt Romney Economic Adviser, about how Governor Romney differentiated his plans from George W. Bush and President Obama.

  • Obama, Romney on Gun Control     Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:16 PM ET

    President Obama addresses his take on assault-weapon policies, saying "My beliefs are to enforce laws we currently have, keep guns out of the hands of criminals, and that weapons designed for soldiers do not belong on the streets." Governor Romney discusses why he changed his mind on an assault-weapon ban.

  • How Romney Differentiates Himself From Bush     Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 9:44 PM ET

    Governor Romney differentiates himself and his policies from George W. Bush and Bush's administration, saying he will "crack down on China." President Obama says Romney is "the last person who is going to get tough on China."

  • GOP-leaning group plans new $11 million ad blitz Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- A Republican-leaning independent group supporting Mitt Romney's presidential bid is spending $11.1 million on new television ads aimed at women. The group planned to air the new ad on national and local cable stations, and in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

  • Tennessee newspaper ends presidential endorsements Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 3:53 PM ET

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- The Knoxville News Sentinel has ended a decades-old tradition of endorsing presidential candidates, saying it no longer has any special access to the candidates.

  • Critics want Ohio watchdog's 'Coingate' report Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:40 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Ohio's state watchdog hasn't yet released an investigative report on the investment scandal that engulfed Ohio in 2005 _ and critics want to know why.

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