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  Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 9:54 AM ET

Will Gaddafi Survive?

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Demonstrators hold up a banner featuring Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi reading 'Kadhafi is a murderer' as they stage a protest outside the Libyan embassy in Istanbul on February 21, 2011
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Demonstrators hold up a banner featuring Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi reading 'Kadhafi is a murderer' as they stage a protest outside the Libyan embassy in Istanbul on February 21, 2011

In light of all that has happened in Libya over the last week, it seems fair to wonder how Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi has thus far avoided suffering the same fate as Hosni Mubarak, who was forced from power in neighboring Egypt earlier this month.

In Egypt, the military's apparent lack of willingness to fire en masse upon protestors, in Tahrir Square and elsewhere, has often been cited in the media as one of the causes of the revolution's success.

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  Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 9:09 AM ET

Is a US Government Shutdown Looming?

Posted By: Julia La Roche
  Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 9:04 AM ET

Waking up With Nicole Lapin

Posted By: Nicole Lapin
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It’s always harder to wake up on Friday eve, right? Stop your kvetching, though, I was up way earlier than you and because I’m so nice, I put together a list of what you missed:

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  Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 4:48 PM ET

Stagflation!

Posted By: Ash Bennington
  Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 4:09 PM ET

Dick Armey: Collective Bargaining for Public Employee Unions Has Been Abused Severely

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco
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From prank phone calls to protests, the state budget battles are getting uglier every minute. And this is just on the state level—what's going to happen on the national stage? I caught up with former House Majority Leader and Tea Party Leader Dick Armey on all the political jabs.

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  Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 3:24 PM ET

The Biggest Risk for Muni Bonds: Contagion

Posted By: John Carney
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While muni bond optimists come in a variety of flavors, they all miss one important factor: the risk of municipal debt contagion.

Reading through the various publications put out by banks and bond fund managers, you frequently come across two strategies.

Wells Fargo, for example, advises clients to have a diversified portfolio so that isolated defaults won’t have a large impact on the overall returns.

Pimco, on the other hand, tells clients that the key to success in muni investing is picking the highest quality muni credits.

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  Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 2:33 PM ET

Stagflation Still Regarded as Economy's Dirty Little Secret

Posted By: Jeff Cox
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Despite rising commodity prices and a bleak employment picture, “stagflation” remains a word not uttered in the polite company of the financial world.

But there remain only a few more tumblers to fall into place for a return to that awful word that conjures up images of the “malaise days” of the late 1970's and early ‘80s, where rising inflation and slumping employment tamped down economic growth.

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  Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 1:32 PM ET

Madoff Lawsuit's Perverse Incentives & Implications

Posted By: Ash Bennington
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A suit filed against Citigroup by the trustee representing Bernie Madoff's victims would seem to put banks in an impossible position.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, here are the generally agreed upon facts.

Sometime prior to November 2006, Citigroup lent $300 million to a Madoff feeder fund called Tremont Partners.

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  Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 12:40 PM ET

Citi in the Hot Seat Over Madoff Loans

Posted By: Ash Bennington
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A lawsuit seeking to recover money for Madoff victims seems to raise questions about what Citigroup knew about Madoff's illegal activities—and about their potential liabilities.

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  Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 11:42 AM ET

The Myth of Markets Shunning Muni Defaulters

Posted By: John Carney
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Perhaps the most persistent refrain from the muni optimists is that governments won’t default because they cannot afford to have the credit market closed to them.

Here’s how Wells Fargo puts it:

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