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  • Barney Frank

    Powerful House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has scheduled a series of markup sessions for key parts of the reform package, according to Congressional sources.

  • The Supreme Court has refused to hear former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio's appeal of his insider trading conviction.

  • US Supreme Court

    The new Supreme Court term that begins Monday will be dominated by cases concerning corporations, compensation and the financial markets that could signal the justices’ attitude toward regulatory constraints at a time of extraordinary government intervention in the economy.

  • $17 Million 'Gem of Tanzania' Actually Worth $160 Friday, 2 Oct 2009 | 9:42 AM ET
    Gem of Tanzania

    An enormous precious stone listed on a now bankrupt company's books for the value of 11 million pounds ($17.4 million) is probably not worth more than 100 pounds, British media reported Friday.

  • 'Carelessness Towards the Law' at Ratings Agencies Friday, 2 Oct 2009 | 8:22 AM ET

    Reform of rating agencies is badly needed as there is a culture of carelessness towards the law which needs challenging, Eric Kolchinsky, a former analyst at Moody's who has accused the agency of issuing inflated ratings, told CNBC Friday.

  • Sen. Baucus Hopes to Wrap Health Bill on Thursday Thursday, 1 Oct 2009 | 12:39 PM ET

    The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said Thursday he wanted to complete work on a sweeping health care bill by nightfall, opening the way for Democratic leaders to bring the historic legislation to the floors of both the House and Senate as early as mid-October.

  • Want to Stop Texting and Driving? Why Not Jam Cell Phones? Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | 11:32 AM ET
    Texting and driving

    With evidence mounting that texting and driving is more dangerous than drinking and driving, nearly everyone agrees that it is a huge problem that must be stopped. Sure, 18 states have made it illegal to text and drive, but the fact is many people-especially teens-continue to type away while behind the wheel. So why not take the next step, and have cars come with a device that jams cell phone signals for those in the driver seat?

  • New Russia MBA Program Tackles Bribery, Red Tape Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | 4:51 AM ET

    A handful of top Russian business figures have created an MBA program that tackles the issues they faced themselves: bribery, relentless bureaucracy, imperfect laws.

  • Commentary: Spending Stimulus to Track Stimulus Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | 6:26 PM ET
    Stimulus Package

    Almost 10-million of stimulus money went toward revamping the Web site that monitors the spending. That's right. The government spending money on how it monitors how it spends money.

  • Debate on Violent Video Games May Finally Get Settled Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | 3:48 PM ET
    GTA: San Andreas

    The issue of whether minors should be legally prohibited from buying violent video games may soon be settled – once and for all.

  • Ratings Agencies Need Better Rules: Whistleblower Friday, 25 Sep 2009 | 11:38 AM ET

    Ratings agencies need to adopt universal standards to prevent the kinds of abuses that helped fuel the collapse of the credit markets, an industry whistleblower told CNBC.

  • GAO Tries Accounting for Stimulus—but It Isn't Easy Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | 3:39 PM ET
    Stimulus Package

    A new Government Accountability Office report shows how and where stimulus funds have been spent so far, including $11 billion for highway projects across the country.

  • Is Your State on the List? Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | 8:32 AM ET

    With no end in sight to the country's job market woes, the House has agreed to give the jobless in a majority of states another 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits.

  • House Bill Adds to Jobless Benefits in 27 States Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | 8:23 AM ET

    With no end in sight to the country's job market woes, the House has agreed to give the jobless in a majority of states another 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits.

  • Financial Reform May Be Further Muddled by Dodd Plan Monday, 21 Sep 2009 | 2:48 PM ET

    As if Washington’s attempt to rewrite financial regulation wasn’t complicated enough, Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd is reportedly ready to propose a radically different structure for banking supervision.

  • Wall Street

    Tougher financial rules have been stymied by industry lobbying, government turf battles and a stabilizing banking system. Some analysts fear another crisis is inevitable.

  • Iin light of evidence that some drug makers have gone to great lengths to turn scientific articles into marketing vehicles for their products, some influential medical editors are cracking down on industry-financed ghostwriting. And they are getting help from some members of Congress.

  • Bank of America Sued over Mutual Funds Friday, 18 Sep 2009 | 10:42 AM ET
    Bank of America

    It’s been four decades since the go-go years of the late 1960s, when hot mutual funds captured the imagination of investors by reporting performance that was too good to be true. It’s been so long that Bank of America seems to have forgotten what happened.

  • GOP Senator Holds Big Vote in Health Care Debate Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | 5:29 PM ET

    As Democrats have struggled to achieve bipartisan support on a health care reform bill, their one hope may come from Senator Olympia Snowe, Republican from Maine.

  • Coke CEO Versus Obama on Soda Tax Proposal Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | 1:03 PM ET
    Coca-Cola bottles

    The debate over a tax on sugary soft drinks — billed as a way to fight obesity and provide billions for health care reform — is starting to fizz over.  President Obama has said it is worth considering. The chief executive of Coca-Cola calls the idea outrageous.