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  • Akin Woes Latest Hurdle for Republicans in Senate Quest Saturday, 25 Aug 2012 | 6:49 AM ET

    It's not just Todd Akin. The fallout from the Missouri Senate candidate's "legitimate rape" comment was the latest signal that the Republican path to the majority in the Senate may have just gotten tougher.

  • GOP Appeased Me on Gold Standard: Rep. Ron Paul Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | 4:47 PM ET

    The U.S. could avoid a lot of its problems with a return to the gold standard, Rep. Ron Paul told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Friday.

  • Romney: Big Business Is 'Doing Fine' Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | 10:20 AM ET
    Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney says that most big businesses in the U.S. are "doing fine" in part because of savings they get by keeping money in "low tax havens around the world."

  • Upheaval Hits GOP Before Romney's Annointing Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | 10:44 AM ET
    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (L) and conention Chief Executive Officer William Harris (R) unveil the stage inside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum in preparation for the Republican National Convention on August 20, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.

    Mitt Romney wanted to preside over a made-for-TV gathering showcasing his economic credentials and GOP unity. Instead, he's heading to Tampa with the national debate focused on rape and abortion — and there's even a hurricane threat.

  • US President Barack Obama answers questions during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, August 20, 2012.

    The president distanced himself from an ad that appears to link Mitt Romney’s former firm, Bain Capital, with the cancer death of a steelworker’s wife. However, the same steelworker — and the same dubious connection — are featured on the Obama campaign’s official web site.

  • Ryan’s Stimulus Requests: Did They Work? Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 | 3:47 PM ET
    Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan speaks after US Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney announced Ryan as his vice presidential running mate during a campaign rally at the Nauticus Museum after touring the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia, August 11, 2012.

    Paul Ryan says he regrets signing letters in 2009 requesting stimulus funds for projects in his congressional district because “it’s clear the Obama stimulus did nothing to stimulate the economy.” That is not exactly true, according to an Investigations Inc. analysis of the projects Ryan championed.

  • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters during campaign event at the Family Table Restaurant in Le Mars, Iowa on December 31st.

    Mitt Romney’s campaign is doubling down on its claim that President Obama “gutted” the work requirement under the 1996 welfare reform law. A new ad released Monday is more specific about the claim than in the past.

  • Medicare Costs

    Mitt Romney’s plan to restore $716 billion that he says President Obama “robbed” from Medicare has puzzled some experts, who say it might cost recipients hundreds of dollars a year.

  • Romney Hurt by Democratic Attacks: Poll Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 | 6:30 PM ET
    President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    Republican challenger Mitt Romney remains close behind President Obama in the race for the White House, but with growing challenges and limited time as he heads toward next week’s nominating convention, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.

  • Remembering Phyllis Diller: Stacy Keach Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 | 1:44 PM ET
    Headshot portrait of American comedian Phyllis Diller posing wide-eyed and openmouthed in an outfit with a sequined court jester's collar, circa 1984.

    The mere mention of her name makes me smile. There was nobody like her; she was one of a kind.

  • ‘Time for a Change’ in Washington: Dolphins Owner Monday, 20 Aug 2012 | 11:20 AM ET

    Reigniting the U.S. and the world economy requires a change in U.S. leadership, Stephen Ross, Miami Dolphins owner and The Related Companies chair & CEO, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday.

  • Democrats are eagerly renewing their fight against privatizing Social Security now that Republican Mitt Romney has picked Paul Ryan as his running mate.

  • Ryan Good for the Republican Ticket: Sen. Simpson Friday, 17 Aug 2012 | 4:33 PM ET
    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (L) is introduced by Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan at an election-night rally April 3, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    Paul Ryan will add a great deal to the Republican ticket, Alan Simpson, a retired Republican senator from Wyoming, told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Friday.

  • Taxes, Regulation, Fear Suffocating Business: Sununu Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | 11:32 AM ET
    Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney listens as former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu endorses him for President outside the Statehouse October 24, 2011 in Concord, New Hampshire.

    What the U.S. economy needs is for leaders to stop condemning success, John Sununu, former Republican governor of New Hampshire, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Thursday.

  • off shore oil rig

    China’s sluggish growth and contractions in oil supply and demand should be enough to convince oil market bulls that the oil rally can’t continue for long, Neil Atkinson, Director of Energy Research and Analysis at Data Monitor, told CNBC.

  • Ryan Meets Casino Mogul and Major G.O.P. Donor Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 11:10 AM ET
    Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) listens as his running mate, Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks during the Mooresville Victory Rally August 12, 2012 at NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, North Carolina.

    Days after joining the Romney ticket, Rep. Paul Ryan met with Sheldon Adelson, the casino mogul who has pledged to spend up to $100 million to defeat President Obama, The New York Times reports.

  • Utility’s Role in Convention Tests Obama Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 8:58 AM ET
    President Barack Obama (L), James E. Rogers (R)

    The intersection of Duke Energy’s interests and its support for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte is testing President Obama’s pledge to free the party’s gathering from business and lobbyist support, The New York Times reports.

  • Banks complain that tighter regulation means that too much capital is tied up in regulatory funds and not enough gets to consumers.  But they should get used to it as this is the “new normal” if we want economic growth, Professor Andrew Sentance, senior economic adviser at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) told CNBC.

  • Ryan Budget Bad for Clean Energy: Rep. Waxman Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 5:21 PM ET
    Henry Waxman

    Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s budget represents the "wrong direction" for clean energy policy, Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Tuesday.

  • Elevating Ryan, and His Budget Details Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 2:49 PM ET
    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., holds a copy of his budget proposal 'The Path to Prosperity' during a news conference on the FY2012 budget resolution on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

    The budgets that Rep. Paul Ryan has pushed through the  House have been nothing short of a conservative reordering of the nation’s tax and spending priorities for the 21st century, The New York Times reports.