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  • 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.

  • SEC Set to Target Credit Rating Agencies, Flash Trades Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | 12:00 PM ET

    The SEC will discuss rules to improve oversight of the credit rating industry as well as a proposed ban  on flash trades—or buy and sell orders that exchanges send to a specific group of participants before revealing them publicly.

  • Niche Banks Fight Back at Tighter Regulation Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | 10:32 AM ET

    Treasury officials want to require the corporate owners of the nation’s 41 industrial banks to accept more rigorous regulation or be forced to sell or shut them down.

  • New Push to Extend and Expand Tax Break for Home Buyers Wednesday, 16 Sep 2009 | 1:46 PM ET

    When Congress passed an $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers last winter, it was intended as a dose of shock therapy during a crisis. Now the question is becoming whether the housing market can function without it.

  • Former Beneficial CEO Tied to Massive Tax Probe Wednesday, 16 Sep 2009 | 10:45 AM ET
    Finn M. W. Caspersen

    No one can know exactly what Finn M. W. Caspersen, a prominent philanthropist and the heir to the Beneficial Corporation fortune, was thinking when he decided to take his life on Labor Day.  But he apparently harbored a secret: He was suspected of dodging many millions in federal taxes.

  • Will Pot TV Show Bring 'High' Ratings? Tuesday, 15 Sep 2009 | 10:26 AM ET
    Marijuana

    Tips for cultivating marijuana. Testimonials by patients about its medical benefits. Cannabis cooking lessons. Even citations for award-winning strains of pot. Viewers here can now watch, every week, what amounts to a pro-weed news program.

  • Danny Pang

    Authorities have ruled out foul play in the death of a financier accused of using millions of dollars from international investors to fund a lavish lifestyle complete with vacations and personal jets.

  • Marijuana Farming Increases Amid Ailing Economy Thursday, 10 Sep 2009 | 4:08 AM ET
    Hemp Plant

    Machete-wielding police officers have hacked their way through billions of dollars worth of marijuana in the country's top pot-growing states to stave off a bumper crop sprouting in the tough economy.

  • “I think it’s unraveling,’ says former FDIC Chairman William Isaac. “It is hard for me to see how this legislation gets done this year.”

  • Small Debit Card Purchases Equal Big Money for Banks Wednesday, 9 Sep 2009 | 11:30 AM ET

    Banks and credit unions have long pitched debit cards as a convenient and prudent way to buy. But a growing number are now allowing consumers to exceed their balances — for a price.

  • 'Hillary: The Movie' Gets New Airing at High Court Wednesday, 9 Sep 2009 | 9:17 AM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    "Hillary: The Movie" is returning to the Supreme Court for a limited engagement and with the chance to overhaul laws governing federal campaigns ranging from the White House to the halls of Congress.

  • David Einhorn

    A recent court ruling that forced two ratings companies to defend fraud claims is a "game-changer" for the industry, said David Einhorn, head of Greenlight Capital.

  • Stethescope and money

    Prospects for a government insurance plan appeared to be sinking fast Tuesday as lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill a day ahead of a major health care speech by President Obama.

  • Roadblock to Preventing Future Failures and Bailouts Tuesday, 8 Sep 2009 | 1:00 PM ET
    Financial Crisis

    As we approach the anniversary of some of the most cataclysmic failures in our economic history, we appear to be in perhaps no better position to manage the failure of an investment bank, a hedge fund or an insurance company than we were before.

  • Britain's financial watchdog fined Barclays 2.45 million pounds ($4 million) on Tuesday for failing to provide accurate transaction reports and "serious weaknesses" in control systems in two of its divisons.

  • Judge Turns Tables on Unresponsive Mortgage Lender Friday, 4 Sep 2009 | 4:17 PM ET

    Bobbi Giguere had no luck in securing a loan modification fromWells Fargo, even though she had sent the bank the financial documents it requested. Then,  something happened. She questioned a Wells Fargo official about the bank’s lack of response — under oath.

  • Chinese authorities say the arrests of numerous business executives are part of an anticorruption campaign.  But analysts say they're the outgrowth of power struggles within the Communist Party to weaken rivals and their corporate supporters.

  • Tax Havens Face Global Crackdown: OECD Chief Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 4:50 PM ET

    A global crackdown on bank secrecy and offshore tax havens is gaining steam due to  the worldwide financial crisis, the head of the OECD told CNBC.

  • SEC Says It Botched 5 Madoff Probes, Despite Warnings Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 3:46 PM ET
    Bernie Madoff mugshot

    The watchdog of the Securities and Exchange Commission has found that three agency exams and two investigations of Bernard Madoff's business were incompetent, despite ample warnings of the multibillion-dollar fraud.