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  • Protesters fill the courtyard and steps outside the State Capitol building on February 16, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Protesters were demonstrating against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers.

    The high-stakes fight in Wisconsin over union rights could have far-reaching effects on electoral politics in other states by helping solidify Republican power for years.

  • Will the Euro Crisis Strike Back? Monday, 21 Feb 2011 | 8:07 AM ET

    If previous EU responses to the euro crisis are any guide, investors should not be expecting a highly-coordinated, shock-and-awe approach like those we have seen from the US authorities.

  • The uprisings in the Middle East have been in part blamed on soaring food prices but one market watcher told CNBC those states with huge oil wealth should be better able to keep their people appeased by subsidizing food prices and other incentives.

  • 11 Major International Political Scandals Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 1:54 PM ET
    On April 6, 2011, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is scheduled to stand trial for charges stemming from his relationship with Karima el-Mahroug, a nightclub dancer who performs under the name Ruby Heart-Stealer. According to the charges, he paid el-Mahroug for sex while she was still underage, and when she was arrested for theft, he used his political muscle to have her released from police custody. Berlusconi has been in this type of trouble before, but it’s widely speculated that this

    Click to see international political scandals that raised eyebrows and kept the tabloids in wide circulation.

  • Wisconsin Protesters Buoyed by Anti-Union Bill Delay Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 11:29 AM ET
    Protesters fill the courtyard and steps outside the State Capitol building on February 16, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Protesters were demonstrating against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers.

    Protesters who have descended on Wisconsin's Capitol in hopes of halting a Republican effort to end a half-century of collective bargaining rights for public workers steeled themselves for a long fight, buoyed by Democrats' decision to flee to avoid the measure's near-certain passage.

  • BP Made Faustian Deal With the Kremlin: Critic Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 | 6:02 AM ET

    The recent deal between BP and the Russian oil and gas giant Rosneft was a Faustian pact that was forced on the London-listed major by the Kremlin, William Browder, a well known Russia critic, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Weber Says Hawkish Views Led to ECB Race Exit Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | 5:29 AM ET

    Bundesbank president Axel Weber said a lack of political acceptance in the eurozone for his hawkish monetary views had driven his abrupt decision not to run. The FT reports.

  • It’s welcome news that the Obama administration proposes to wind down the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Unfortunately, this news is coupled with something far less welcome—a proposal to recreate the government sponsored entities all over again.

  • CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Nat gas was down on the day, but remained above $5. Oil was up slightly on the day. And gold was up, as well.