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  • What you need to know about govt. shutdown fight Friday, 20 Sep 2013 | 10:37 AM ET

    The stock market may be posting record gains, but Washington could be mere days away from a government shutdown and default on the national debt.

  • Boehner: We'll win the fight to defund Obamacare Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 | 11:41 AM ET
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH).

    Boehner said he was confident that majority House Republicans would pass a stop-gap funding measure that denies money for "Obamacare" reforms.

  • Why John Boehner's in a lose-lose situation Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 | 10:44 AM ET
    Rep. John Boehner at a news conference.

    John Boehner tried to avoid defunding Obamacare in the budget negotiations. But his team capitulated yesterday. Here's what it's getting them.

  • President Obama addresses economic concerns  Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 | 10:47 AM ET

    The President delivers remarks to CEOs gathered at the Business Roundtable conference on the outlook on the economy; passing the budget; fixing structural deficits that arise out of entitlement programs, and raising the debt ceiling.

  • Mystery deepens: Who bet on Berkshire-Heinz deal? Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 | 5:45 PM ET

    A Cayman Islands entity at the center of a investigation into possible insider trading in Heinz said trades placed in its account were unauthorized.

  • Social Security overpays $1.3 billion in benefits Friday, 13 Sep 2013 | 10:35 AM ET

    An upcoming GAO report says Social Security may have overpaid billions in benefits to people who had too much income from work to qualify.

  • Sen. James Inhofe, (R-OK), explains why he wants to give the Defense Department a one year exemption from budget cuts if the U.S. strikes in Syria.

  • Experts want security revamp after NSA revelations Sunday, 8 Sep 2013 | 4:53 AM ET
    The former monitoring base of the NSA in Bad Aibling, southern Germany

    Internet security experts are calling for a campaign to rewrite Web security in the wake of disclosures that the NSA has developed the capability to break encryption protecting millions of sites.

  • The tab for a Syria strike? Depends on who you ask Friday, 6 Sep 2013 | 10:31 AM ET
    An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft takes off from the flight deck of the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

    Congressional testimony this week by U.S. officials and previous estimates create some doubt about what a Syria operation could cost and even who might for pay for it.

  • Don't hit Syria; go to Congress if you do: NBC poll Friday, 30 Aug 2013 | 8:14 AM ET
    Protesters outside the White House on Aug. 29.

    Fifty percent of Americans oppose military action against Syria, and nearly eight-in-10 believe President Obama should receive congressional approval before using any force.

  • US near deal with Swiss banks in tax probe Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 5:35 PM ET
    U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

    The US expects to announce a program to allow some Swiss banks to avoid prosecution over offshore tax dodging by Americans, a Justice Department official said.

  • Billions wasted on paperless vets' health records Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 11:24 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks on improving veterans health care at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington DC, back on April 09, 2009.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense spent $1.3 billion during the last four years trying to develop a single electronic health-records system.

  • Manning gets 35 years for WikiLeaks documents leak Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 11:07 AM ET
    Manning arrives at a military court Wednesday to hear his sentence.

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is sentenced to 35 years in prison for giving hundreds of thousands of secret military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks.

  • Obama presses for quicker action on bank rules Tuesday, 20 Aug 2013 | 7:04 AM ET

    President Obama and some lawmakers are frustrated that critical parts of its Dodd-Frank financial overhaul remain unenforced. The New York Time reports.

  • Area 51: No UFOs, but lots of U-2 spy planes Friday, 16 Aug 2013 | 1:45 PM ET
    Guard Gate at Area 51 near Rachel, Nevada

    A newly declassified CIA history spills the story about Nevada's Area 51 and its secret mission— which was not to study UFOs, but to test the U-2 and other spy planes.

  • President Obama's plan for housing reform  Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | 7:34 AM ET

    Shaun Donovan, Housing and Urban Development secretary, provides a preview of President Obama's speech on housing later today in Arizona, including the shutdown of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac and simplifying the mortgage application process.

  • Worldwide travel alert from US government  Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 11:03 AM ET

    The State Department has issued a statement warning U.S. citizens to be alert for potential terrorist attacks for the entire month of August, reports CNBC's Hampton Pearson.

  • TSA employees caught sleeping on the job Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 11:41 AM ET

    The TSA investigated and closed 9,622 cases of employee misconduct between 2010 and 2012, according to a report by the GAO.

  • Manning found guilty, but not of aiding enemy Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 | 1:31 PM ET
    Manning is escorted by military police after his conviction on July 30.

    A U.S. military judge on Tuesday found soldier Bradley Manning guilty of most of 21 criminal counts, but not of aiding the enemy, for handing over documents to WikiLeaks.

  • More Americans say sequester hurts: NBC-WSJ poll Monday, 29 Jul 2013 | 5:34 AM ET

    Heading into another budget battle, more Americans say they have been negatively affected by the sequester budget cuts, an exclusive poll found.