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  • Poll: Who Do You Think Won the Presidential Debate? Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:04 PM ET

    Wednesday night kicked off the first of three presidential debates between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. So, who do you think won the debate? Take our poll and have your voice heard.

  • Obama, Romney's Views on Entitlements     Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:55 PM ET

    President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney share their views on entitlements like Social Security and Medicare.

  • The first presidential debate is likely to focus on economic issues as President Obama and Mitt Romney clash over the size and role of government.  Here are some of the topics that could come up.

  • Romney Should Focus on Gridlock: Fagen Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:37 PM ET
    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during a campaign event with Republican Governors at Basalt Public High School on August 2, 2012 in Basalt, Colorado.

    Nearly every politician complains about gridlock in Washington. But, why isn’t Mitt Romney focusing on it as a campaign issue ?

  • Who’s Better for Middle Market Deals: Obama or Romney? Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:39 AM ET

    While not nearly as high-profile as the “Barbarians at the Gate” world of Wall Street, middle market M&A creates huge amounts of liquidity in the American economy, with about $275 billion of middle market transactions closed in 2011.

  • The Truth About Socialism in America Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:08 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaking in Nashua, NH on energy.

    With an end to the contentious presidential campaign just a month away, there remains a lingering question about whether President Obama introduced the U.S. to socialism, and with it, the death knell of traditional American values.

  • Voter ID Law Halted by Pennsylvania Judge Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 6:12 PM ET

    A judge blocked Pennsylvania's divisive voter identification requirement from going into effect on Election Day, delivering a hard-fought victory to Democrats who said it was a ploy to defeat President Obama and other opponents who said it would prevent the elderly and minorities from voting.

  • Creating an Economic Dream Team     Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:20 PM ET

    Rob Cox, Reuters Breakingviews, talks about Breakingviews new app where you can put together an economic dream team of professionals that have legislative and budgeting experience.

  • Voters Say Presidential Debates Will Be Key: Poll Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:00 PM ET
    Barak Obama, Mitt Romney

    Voters say the presidential debates will be important in deciding whom to vote for in this year’s election, according to a new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday.

  • Romney Campaign Expands Focus Beyond the Economy Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:25 PM ET
    US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a child during a campaign rally at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, Colorado, on October 1, 2012.

    With the debates starting, Mitt Romney’s campaign appears to be expanding beyond its hope of making the election a simple referendum on President Obama’s jobs record.

  • Whistleblower Lawyers Throw Support Behind Obama Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:19 PM ET

    Attorneys who represent whistleblowers have made millions as the Obama administration cracks down on corporate fraud, and are now donating heavily to the president’s re-election campaign. The New York Times reports.

  • Who Could Get Top Jobs in Obama or Romney Victory Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 1:12 PM ET

    Here’s a cheat sheet of which names are mentioned most often for getting three of the most important jobs that will also be up for grabs on Nov. 6.

  • Wall Street Prepares Clients for Obama Victory Sunday, 30 Sep 2012 | 12:32 PM ET

    As President Barack Obama widened his lead over Mitt Romney in polls this month, traders at hedge funds and investment firms began shooting emails to clients with a similar theme: It's time to start preparing for an Obama victory.

  • Analysis: Candidates' Deficit Plans Don't Add Up Saturday, 29 Sep 2012 | 12:19 PM ET
    Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    As the government closes the books Sunday with a $1.1 trillion deficit for the year, budget analysts have little confidence in either Obama or Romney's plan to address the accumulating debt, now at about $16 trillion.

  • That Loaded Gun in My Carry-On? Oh, I Forgot Saturday, 29 Sep 2012 | 11:54 AM ET
    Gun Control

    The T.S.A. says the number of guns found at airport security checkpoints has been steadily rising for the last couple of years. Through Friday, 1,105 guns have been found this year, a pace that is higher than last year’s. In 2011, the total was 1,320, up from 1,123 in 2010, the agency says.  The New York Times reports.

  • States With the Most Federal Funding Friday, 28 Sep 2012 | 11:18 AM ET
    Federal spending per capita: $30,318Total federal spending: $577.80 billionNumber of state residents: 19.1 millionThe state of Florida was the recipient of the most federal spending in the nation, both in total and on a per capita basis. It’s similar to second-place Louisiana in that one of the 10 prime awards it received went to the Department of Health and Human Services, and all the others went to the Department of Homeland Security.Other than the Harris Corporation, a telecommunications comp

    Using data from USASpending.gov,an OMB website, CNBC.com presents the 10 states that received the most federal dollars per capita in fiscal year 2011.

  • CNBC's Rick Santelli breaks down the latest numbers on consumer income and spending, and the impact on the markets, with CNBC's Steve Liesman.

  • Watch House Prices, Stupid, for US Election Risk Friday, 28 Sep 2012 | 1:59 AM ET
    Ballot Box

    As politicians hurl mud ahead of the election, investors might do well to ponder what “the economy, stupid” means in 2012.

  • Obama Leads Romney in Three More Swing States Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 | 6:30 PM ET
    President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    President Barack Obama leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney among likely voters in the battleground states of New Hampshire, Nevada, and North Carolina, new NBC News-Wall Street Journal polls show.

  • Uncle Sam Owes $14 Million in Unpaid Taxes: to Himself Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 | 3:45 PM ET

    A Treasury Department watchdog office said Thursday that 70 federal agencies owed about $14 million in unpaid taxes at the end of last year.