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  • Obama, Merkel Agree to Talks on US Spying Thursday, 4 Jul 2013 | 6:41 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    President Barack Obama sought to allay concerns from German Chancellor Angela Merkel about reported U.S. spying on European allies and agreed to a meeting.

  • EU Wants Answers to Claims US Spied on It Sunday, 30 Jun 2013 | 3:42 AM ET
    European Parliament building in Brussels. The NSA bugged European Union offices in Washington and infiltrated the EU’s computer networks, German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday.

    America's National Security Agency bugged European Union offices in Washington and infiltrated the EU's computer networks, German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday.

  • Snowden's Options to Evade US Arrest Narrowing Saturday, 29 Jun 2013 | 4:04 AM ET
    Edward Snowden

    Nearly a month after Edward Snowden exposed top secret U.S. surveillance programs, the former spy agency contractor looks no closer to winning asylum to evade prosecution at home - and his options appear to be narrowing.

  • Top Court Strikes Down Part of Voting Rights Act Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 | 12:36 PM ET
    Field Director Charles White of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) speaks at a podium outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on June 25, 2013 in Washington, DC.

    The Supreme Court says a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced until Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require close federal monitoring of elections.

  • Likely Candidates to Succeed Fed's Bernanke Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 1:31 PM ET
    Who will succeed Ben Bernanke?

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke may step down when his second term expires on Jan. 31. Here is a quick look at the likely leading choices.

  • Obama: Bernanke at Fed ‘Longer Than He Wanted’ Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 6:58 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies during a hearing before the Joint Economic Committee May 22, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

    President Barack Obama said in an interview Fed Chair Ben Bernanke has stayed in his post "longer than he wanted."

  • 5 Things to Know About Iran's Presidential Vote Friday, 14 Jun 2013 | 12:32 PM ET
    An Iranian clergyman shows his ink-stained finger after voting in the first round of the presidential elections in the Islamic Republic at a polling station at the Massoumeh shrine in the holy city of Qom on June 14, 2013.

    Iranians are voting for a president on Friday. Here are some important things to know about the vote.

  • IRS Agent Outs Himself as 'Tea Party' Targeter Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | 7:38 AM ET
    The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.

    A U.S. Internal Revenue Service manager told investigators that he and a colleague decided to give conservative groups extra scrutiny.

  • NJ Attorney General Named to Fill US Senate Seat Thursday, 6 Jun 2013 | 1:39 PM ET

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has named state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to temporarily fill the US Senate seat that opened up this week after Frank Lautenberg's death.

  • IRS Officials Face Grilling Over Lavish Spending Thursday, 6 Jun 2013 | 6:39 AM ET
    The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.

    IRS officials can expect a grilling when they face lawmakers over the latest controversy to rock the agency: lavish spending at employee conferences.

  • IRS Scandal Could Yield Needed Tax Reform: Baucus Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 1:19 PM ET
    Sen. Max Baucus (L) and Rep. Dave Camp (R)

    Congress wants answers on why the IRS targeted conservative groups, two senior politicians tell CNBC.

  • CBO Slashes US Deficit Estimate Amid Higher Taxes Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 3:55 PM ET

    The Congressional Budget Office lowered its projection for the 2013 US deficit amid higher taxes and better-than-expected bailout repayments.

  • House Sets Hearing on IRS Tea Party Scrutiny Monday, 13 May 2013 | 4:32 PM ET

    The top Republican lawmaker in charge of oversight of the IRS set a hearing to probe the agency's admission that it gave extra scrutiny to conservative "Tea Party" groups.

  • Debt Ceiling Won't Be Hit Until Labor Day: Lew Friday, 10 May 2013 | 5:15 AM ET
    Jack Lew

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told CNBC on Friday that the U.S. debt ceiling would not be reached until September.

  • Run for the Senate? More Say Thanks, but No Thanks Saturday, 4 May 2013 | 2:02 PM ET
    Senator Tom Harkin

    At least eight of the 33 senators whose terms expire in 2014 won’t run again, but potential candidates are passing. The New York Times reports.

  • Obama Taps Pritzker, Froman for Economic Jobs Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 2:36 PM ET
    Penny Pritzker

    President Obama chooses longtime fundraiser Penny Pritzker as Commerce secretary and adviser Michael Froman as U.S. Trade Representative.

  • Obama to Pick Wheeler for FCC, Watt for FHFA Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 7:47 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    Tom Wheeler is a venture capitalist and former wireless and cable lobbyist; Melvin Watt is a 20-year House veteran and former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

  • Anthony Foxx, Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.

    President Barack Obama plans to nominate Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Anthony Foxx to be his next transportation secretary, a White House official said on Sunday.

  • Senate Rejects Expanded Gun Background Checks Wednesday, 17 Apr 2013 | 5:49 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan plan to expand background checks for gun buyers, dealing a sharp blow to President Barack Obama's campaign to curb gun violence.

  • Kerry Says US Ready to 'Reach Out' to North Korea Sunday, 14 Apr 2013 | 9:02 PM ET
    Sen. John Kerry

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday stressed the United States is willing to engage with North Korea.

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