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  • Preliminary Schedule for Democratic National Convention Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 10:51 AM ET

    The preliminary schedule of public events for the Democratic National Convention.

  • Ethics Thicket for Convention Parties Crimps Events Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 10:31 AM ET

    National party conventions are known as much for their nonstop partying as they are for their politics — a time for lobbyists, politicians and corporate executives to gather at lavish receptions and elegant dinners.

  • Young Voters Being Courted by TV Networks Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 10:13 AM ET

    Television networks are assigning reporters to a new beat this election year: people who don’t watch the evening news. With polls showing a surge in primary-season ballots cast by voters under 30, media outlets are out to convert the newly energized voters into viewers.

  • Fed's Lacker: Inflation Bigger Risk than Recession Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 5:51 PM ET
    Federal Reserve

    The U.S. economy may yet slip into recession, but inflation is an even bigger risk given the "exceptionally'' stimulative stance of monetary policy, Richmond Federal Reserve President Jeffrey Lacker said Tuesday.

  • McCain Seeks To Define Himself and Obama Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | 10:41 AM ET
    John McCain and his political advisor John Weaver (left).

    John McCain's efforts to define Barack Obama have been well cataloged in recent days, from the substantive (calling Obama a tax raiser slow to offer an energy plan) to the silly (comparing the Illinois senator to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton).

  • Obama, McCain Policy Advisors Debate Health Care Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 11:17 AM ET

    Dr. David Blumenthal, a health care advisor for Sen. Barack Obama, and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a senior economic policy adviser for Sen. John McCain, sat down with CNBC's John Harwood Thursday to discuss the candidates' healthcare plans.

  • Drill, Drill, Drill Is Working Monday, 4 Aug 2008 | 4:55 PM ET

    As Sen. John McCain and the GOP leadership nationalize the drill, drill, drill message, the Republican party might conceivably be riding a summer political rally. The question of offshore drilling has suddenly become the biggest political and economic wedge issue of this election.

  • Obama vs. McCain: The New Battleground States Sunday, 3 Aug 2008 | 4:58 PM ET
    John McCain and Barack Obama

    For decades, these seven states have almost exclusively voted for Republican presidential candidates and have rarely seen any campaign action. Now, thanks in part to demographic and political shifts, they are emerging as the new battleground states.

  • Drill, Drill, Drill Strikes Again: Oil Drops $3 Tuesday, 29 Jul 2008 | 11:53 AM ET

    Isn’t it funny that news reports this morning showing that Sen. Harry Reid will in fact allow a drill, drill, drill amendment to come to the Senate floor seem to have triggered a $3 drop in oil to less than $122 a barrel. Is this a coincidence? I don’t think so. More like cause-and-effect.

  • Fed's Mishkin Still Pushing for an Inflation Target Monday, 28 Jul 2008 | 4:23 PM ET
    Frederic Mishkin

    The U.S. Federal Reserve can improve its communication and better anchor inflation expectations without losing policy flexibility by agreeing on a goal for price stability, a top Fed official said on Monday.

  • Barack Obama's audience inside the Capitol this week will number about 200, not the 200,000 who gathered last week in Berlin. Yet all signs point toward a closed-door session with similar enthusiasm for the Illinois senator.

  • Congress Approves Housing Market Rescue Bill Saturday, 26 Jul 2008 | 11:34 AM ET

    The Congress approved a massive housing market rescue bill on Saturday, offering emergency financing to Fannie Mae  and Freddie Mac , creating a new regulator for the mortgage titans and setting up a $300 billion fund to help troubled homeowners.

  • McCain Struggles to be Heard in Face of Obama Trip Friday, 25 Jul 2008 | 3:16 PM ET
    John McCain

    In the face of Barack Obama's overseas tour de force, rival presidential candidate John McCain struggled to be heard. Yet amid the awkward moments, he managed to campaign busily in key battleground states and to raise millions of dollars at fundraisers.

  • Obama Says his Foreign Tour Will Reassure Americans Friday, 25 Jul 2008 | 4:07 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama hopes his visit to Europe and the Middle East will show U.S. voters that he is a safe pair of hands, the Democrat said in an interview on Friday.

  • Obama Urges Europe to Work with US on Security Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | 4:07 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama urged Europe on Thursday to stand by the United States in bringing stability to Afghanistan and confronting other threats from climate change to nuclear proliferation.

  • The Media Are Missing the Housing Bottom Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | 2:20 PM ET

    Media reports painted a pessimistic picture of today’s release on existing home sales. But inside the report was an awful lot of very good new news, which appear to be pointing to a bottom in the housing problem; in fact, maybe the tiniest beginnings of a recovery.

  • Obama Kicks Off European Tour in Germany Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | 4:38 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, on a foreign tour he hopes will boost his election chances, on Thursday gives an outdoor speech in Berlin on transatlantic ties that is likely to draw thousands.

  • Housing Bill Won't Solve Market's Problems Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | 3:24 AM ET

    Cash-strapped homebuyers and borrowers facing foreclosure will get some relief from a housing bill passed by the House on Wednesday but the bill won't solve the deep-rooted ills of the U.S. housing market.

  • Wall Street Likes The Bailout Plus Drill, Drill, Drill Wednesday, 23 Jul 2008 | 2:02 PM ET

    Can bad Washington policies sometimes work to the benefit of financial markets? In the short run the answer is certainly yes. Nothing illustrates this point better than the gigantic Fannie-Freddie housing bailout bill that will soon pass Congress and be signed into law by President Bush.

  • Debate: Obamanomics vs. McCainomics Wednesday, 23 Jul 2008 | 11:45 AM ET

    When it comes to the economy, which presidential candidate is the best man for the job? Advisers for John McCain and Barack Obama appeared on CNBC to go head-to-head on politics, economics and trade.

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