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  • President Barack Obama signs the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on July 21, 2010.

    Obama is looking to close tax loopholes as one way to counter rising debt and reduce the deficit, and he's previously mentioned hedge fund managers in his tirades against tax breaks for the rich, as well as oil companies and corporate jet owners.

  • Speaker Boehner on Deficit Talks     Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 10:22 AM ET

    House Speaker John Boehner and Congressional leaders discuss their talks with the President on the deficit.

  • A morning roundup of today's headlines.

  • Tax Reform Paired with Spending Cuts     Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 7:53 AM ET

    "The government is so greedy for control, that they have missed the point," says Dick Armey, former House majority leader, who says the government is piling debt on our children.

  • America Needs Austerity Not Hypocrisy: Economist Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 2:08 AM ET

    Politicians on Capitol Hill are playing with fire on the debt ceiling and need to accept responsibility for the debt crisis rather than engaging in a hypocritical debate on tax and spending, according to Jan Poser, the chief economist at Sarasin in Zurich.

  • Big Tax Breaks Mean Big Dollar Gains? Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 1:53 AM ET

    Currency investors are currently debating the merits of a proposed plan to allow a tax holiday for big US multinationals that could see money pour back into America, potentially boosting the dollar.

  • For Boehner, Lofty Budget Goals Checked by Reality Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 10:57 AM ET
    U.S. Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner

    At a private meeting about deficit reduction at the White House last week, Speaker John A. Boehner told his fellow Congressional leaders and President Obama that he did not spend 20 years working his way up to the top job on Capitol Hill just for the cachet of the title — he wanted to accomplish something big, the New York Times reports.

  • Morici: Raising Taxes Would Benefit Republicans Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 10:02 AM ET
    Barack Obama meets for budget talks with congressional leaders July 10, 2011 in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, including House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (L), and House Speaker John Boehner.

    President Obama hardly needs more taxes to slash the federal deficit, but Congressional Republicans do need new taxes to survive politically. Puzzled? Be not! Washington is a city of paradoxes, where economics may define what is good but politics defines virtue.

  • Italy, Spain and Greece! Oh My! Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 9:52 AM ET

    A morning roundup of today's headlines.

  • Florida: Open for Business     Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 6:37 AM ET

    Tourism is up, says Governor Rick Scott (R-FL), who explains the areas seeing growth in the state.

  • In Minnesota, There Is Little Urgency to End Shutdown Saturday, 9 Jul 2011 | 2:21 PM ET
    Minneapolis skyline

    Instead of sending Minnesota's elected leaders into a frenzy of activity, the nation's only state government shutdown has deepened the political paralysis that led them to their budget standoff.

  • The 10 Most Expensive Cars to Own Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 5:49 PM ET
    In 1970, Janis Joplin sang “Oh  Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz?” When she did, it’s unlikely that she had thought through the full implications of her request, and it was a good bet that she had failed to take into account the total cost of owning such a vehicle. What about gas mileage? What about the cost of repairs or insurance, not to mention depreciation and taxes?Anyone considering the purchase of a new automobile has to think about more than just the sticker price, and ask how much

    Anyone considering the purchase of a new automobile has to think about more than just the sticker price, and ask how much the car is going to cost them to own.

  • No Cigar on Debt Reduction     Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 7:16 AM ET

    Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean shares his thoughts on how the President can make cuts without eliminating benefits such as healthcare and social security.

  • US State Pension Funds Could Learn From the North Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 1:36 AM ET

    America’s public sector has not produced many pleasant financial surprises this year. This week, however, one emerged: John Liu, New York City Comptroller, announced that in the year to June 30, the City’s pension fund produced returns of more than 20 percent, raising total assets to $119 billion, according to the FT.

  • Will Congress Close the Founders Stock 'Loophole' Too? Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 2:02 PM ET
    US Capitol Building with cash

    One of the points I’ve been making about “carried interest” is that it isn’t that different from other things that get taxed as capital gains.

  • Zuckerman on Commerical Real Estate     Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 1:42 PM ET

    Discussing the state of commercial real estate and the economy, with Mort Zuckerman, U.S. News & World Report editor-in-chief and CNBC's Diana Olick.

  • End Oil Subsidies?     Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 1:13 PM ET

    Debating whether tax breaks for big oil should be cut, with Seth Hanlon, Center for American Progress, and John Felmy, American Petroleum Institute.

  • White House Debt Threat     Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 1:04 PM ET

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports the latest details on debt ceiling negotiations between President Obama and lawmakers.

  • Hedge Funds and Other People's Money Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 11:57 AM ET
    Stack of U.S. hundred-dollar bills

    Whenever I argue that carried interest is not really so different from other types of capital gains, someone inevitably objects that the critical difference is between investing your own money and investing other people’s money.

  • End Tax Breaks For Rich to Cut Deficit?     Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 11:15 AM ET

    An update on the meetings on the U.S. debt limit and insight on whether taxing America's rich will help cut the deficit, with Curtis Dubay, Heritage Foundation; Dean Baker, Center for Economic & Policy Research, and CNBC's Eamon Javers.

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