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  • Romney: 'Not Concerned About the Very Poor' Wednesday, 1 Feb 2012 | 10:35 AM ET
    Mitt Romney greets supporters as he arrives for a campaign event in front of a foreclosed home January 24, 2012 in Lehigh Acres, Florida.

    Mitt Romney says he's "not concerned about the very poor" because they have an "ample safety net" and he's focused instead on relieving the suffering of the middle class.

  • Colbert's Super PAC Raises Over $1 Million Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 | 3:26 PM ET
    Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert's sway in the presidential election might be a joke, but he's got some real financial muscle — more than a  million bucks.

  • Is Obama Using Tax Plan for His Campaign? Monday, 30 Jan 2012 | 1:01 PM ET
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    Aiming tax increases at millionaires and companies that ship jobs abroad may help frame the fairness theme of President Obama's re-election campaign, but GOP leaders say it's a plan that has little chance of passing Congress.

  • Iowa GOP Declares Santorum the Winner of Caucuses Saturday, 21 Jan 2012 | 2:46 PM ET
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    Offering no explanation, the Iowa Republican Party has declared Rick Santorum as winner of the Iowa caucuses, days after saying incomplete vote results precluded it from doing just that.

  • Economy Grew at Moderate Pace at Year End: Beige Book Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 2:06 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The final weeks of 2011 were the economy's strongest since it appeared to be slipping toward recession in late spring, according to the Federal Reserve's latest snapshot of the economy.

  • Romney Forges Broad Coalition in NH Primary Victory Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 9:06 PM ET
    Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney won broad support from conservatives and moderates and was widely viewed as Republicans' best hope of defeating President Barack Obama in this fall's elections, preliminary exit polls of voters in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary showed.

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    Message to my fellow conservatives: Please don’t blame the mainstream media for the improvement in jobs, unemployment, and economic growth. Reporters are not making this up. The economy is better. It’s going to give President Obama a leg up on the election. GOP beware, and come to your senses.

  • Will Cordray Target Mortgage Companies?   Friday, 6 Jan 2012 | 4:32 PM ET
    Will Cordray Target Mortgage Companies?

    Richard Cordray, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director says he's not distracted by legal questions of his appointment and discusses the hot issues facing him, including the bureau's plans to zero in on mortgage companies.

  • IRS Contacts 1 in 8 Millionaires for Extra Taxes Friday, 6 Jan 2012 | 5:27 AM ET
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    The IRS audited one in eight millionaires who filed taxes last year while only auditing 1 in 100 individuals earning less than $200,000 in an effort to "assure that there's equity in the system."

  • Romney Beats Santorum to Take Iowa by 8 Votes Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 5:09 AM ET
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    Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses by a mere eight votes over former U.S. senator Rick Santorum, a party official said on Wednesday.

  • Tax Benefits From Options as Windfall for Businesses Friday, 30 Dec 2011 | 7:31 AM ET
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    The stock market’s rebound from the financial crisis three years ago has created a potential windfall for hundreds of executives who were granted unusually large packages of stock options shortly after the market collapsed. The New York Times reports.

  • Payroll Tax Cut Debacle Harming GOP?   Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 11:00 AM ET
    Payroll Tax Cut Debacle Harming GOP?

    The differences between the House and Senate are not huge, says Rep. Eric Cantor, (R-VA). "The Republicans in the House are standing for the working people," he adds.

  • FAA Issues Rules to Prevent Pilot Fatigue, Improve Safety Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 10:55 AM ET
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    Rules aimed at preventing airline pilots from flying while dangerously fatigued were issued Wednesday by the FAA, a move safety advocates have been urging for more than two decades.

  • Board Vote: States Should Ban Driver Cellphone Use Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 4:08 PM ET
    Texting and driving

    Reacting to a deadly text-related accident, the National Transportation Board recommended all states ban driver use of cell phones, a move which would exceed all existing state laws on the subject.

  • Ban All Devices From Cars: NTSB   Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 12:36 PM ET
    Ban All Devices From Cars: NTSB

    NBC's Tom Costello has details on the NTSB recommendation that states ban all electronic devices, including cell phones, from automobiles except in the case of emergencies.

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building in Washington, DC.

    CNBC has confirmed that the SEC will sue the Securities Investor Protection Corporation in an attempt to force SIPC to cover investors in Allen Stanford's alleged $7 billion Ponzi scheme.

  • Retired? Here's How to Cut Your Tax Bill Saturday, 10 Dec 2011 | 8:59 AM ET
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    With 401(k)s, IRAs, Roth IRAs, and Social Security benefits, seniors have plenty to figure out when it comes to paying Uncle Sam.

  • Americans Reject Automatic US Budget Cuts: CNBC Survey Thursday, 8 Dec 2011 | 7:57 AM ET
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    Americans split on almost every important issue facing Washington, but they agree on this much: Republicans and Democrats share blame for the failure of the Congressional "super committee," and the resulting automatic budget cuts are unacceptable.

  • CNBC Poll: Raise Taxes to Pay Down the Deficit? Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 11:48 AM ET
    Taxes, Investments, & You - A CNBC Special Report - Sponsored by Merrill Lynch

    Few, if any, politicians like to raise taxes, and those who do often pay dearly for it.  Raising taxes, however, is sometimes a necessity evil, because there is simly no other way to increase revenue or reduce a deficit. What do you think?

  • Harrisburg, PA

    Worries about municipal bond issue defaults have been overblown, obscuring the investment advantages of a once trusted debt instrument.