November's nonfarm payrolls report offered a little bit for everyone.
There is proof that the economy recovered in terms of the 203,000 jobs added.
There was the substantial drop in the unemployment rate that for once could not be attributed to a shrinking labor force.
And there was even more impetus for the Federal Reserve to begin easing back on its monthly stimulus program, but not by so much that it would come as a shock.
The budget battle may be over but there's a war yet to be fought, leaving investors in a potentially precarious position as Washington's political troubles fester.
On a broad basis, markets have reacted little since the debt debacle and accompanying government shutdown began.
But that can change, and a Wall Street convinced that the Federal Reserve can bail it out of any trouble may be in for a surprise.
CNBC.com's Jeff Cox and Patti Domm hash out the particulars and lay out the bumpy road ahead.
Europe is back, either because of or in spite of austerity, depending on your perspective.
No one is winning the war in Washington.
And it was a tough day to be a trophy wife.
Five years after the financial crisis, Wall Street is doing great but Main Street continues to lag.
Bank balance sheets have been rebuilt, but the too-big-to-fail institutions have only gotten bigger.
Unemployment is lower than the 10 percent crisis peak, but a large portion of the gains have become due to an explosion in part-time jobs and a 35-year low in the labor force participation rate.
Corporate cash has surged, but so has corporate debt.
When the Securities and Exchange Commission accused Steve Cohen of failing to reasonably supervise employees at his hedge fund who the government says engaged in insider trading, a spokesman for SAC Capital said the charge has "no merit."
His outside counsel, Dan Kramer, went even further.
Today is election day in Detroit. So let's take a moment to reflect on what has happened to this once great American city.
The destruction of Detroit is one of the great tragedies of American history. It did not have to happen like this—it did not have to happen at all.
CNBC's NetNet blog has been delivering opinions by the truckload for several years. Now, with the onset of NetNet TV, those opinions are EVEN LOUDER and listening is optional. Here, John Carney, Jeff Cox, Patti Domm and Cadie Thompson sound off on earnings and what really matters.
This is a dance the markets know all too well: Companies look to get investors juiced up about their earnings potential, so they issue guidance a year ahead of time that makes it look like the future is brighter than one of "Gangnam" rapper Psy's shirts.
Then, reality starts setting in.
One hundred and twenty years ago a Frederick Jackson Turner warned that America was witnessing the "closing of a great historic movement." The American frontier, which Turner argued was central to the development of the American character, was no more, according to the 1890 census. America was for the first time in its history a geographically complete country.
What this meant, Turner implied, is that America would become less economically and politically democratic. It meant that individualism would whither, while we'd grow more tolerance of the rise of experts, administrators and limits on our liberty. Educational accomplishment would become more important, as would a king of civic professionalism in governmental affairs.
If you can't recognize that as a prophetic vision of the American experience since 1893, you just haven't been paying attention. It is a vision of America domesticated—a word derived from earlier words in more ancient tongues that literally meant 'housed.' But the same ancient words that gave us domestic also gave us dominate. To come to live together under the same house was to come to be dominated.
In our inaugural episode of NetNetTV, Jeff Cox and I explore what I take to be the final phase of the domestication and domination of the United States.