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  • 'You Are No Jack Kennedy' and Other Debate Moments Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:05 AM ET
    Screen capture shows the second presidential debate between American president Gerald Ford and challenger governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia, San Francisco, California, October 6, 1976. Carter went on to win by a narrow margin.

    Despite the hours of practicing,  presidential debates often turn on unplanned zingers, gaffes or gestures that speak volumes. Here's a look at some of the best and worst exchanges.

  • Mitt Romney

    With their candidate fading in the polls as the debates approach, party operatives focus on tactical corrections, but fail to grasp that the basic GOP message—lower taxes, deregulation and free trade—is unappealing to voters scarred by the Great Recession and corporate abuses.

  • A potential global slowdown and a pitched battle over taxes and spending in Washington are unlikely to deter stock markets from rallying further, Wharton School finance professor Jeremy Siegel told CNBC on Monday.

  • Wall Street Prepares Clients for Obama Victory Sunday, 30 Sep 2012 | 12:32 PM ET

    As President Barack Obama widened his lead over Mitt Romney in polls this month, traders at hedge funds and investment firms began shooting emails to clients with a similar theme: It's time to start preparing for an Obama victory.

  • Analysis: Candidates' Deficit Plans Don't Add Up Saturday, 29 Sep 2012 | 12:19 PM ET
    Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    As the government closes the books Sunday with a $1.1 trillion deficit for the year, budget analysts have little confidence in either Obama or Romney's plan to address the accumulating debt, now at about $16 trillion.

  • Offshore wind farm

    President Barack Obama blocked on Friday a privately owned Chinese company from building wind turbines close to a Navy military site in Oregon due to national security concerns, and the company said it would challenge the action in court.

  • Why Big Money Can’t Buy an Election After All Friday, 28 Sep 2012 | 2:46 PM ET
    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (C) greets supporters as he enters during the final day of the Republican National Convention.

    One of the most surprising things to come out of this election cycle is how little value Mitt Romney appears to have gotten from the big money advantage he was expected to have, the Fiscal Times reports.

  • Let the Debates Begin, but Do They Really Matter? Friday, 28 Sep 2012 | 1:04 PM ET
    Barak Obama, Mitt Romney

    It's the great debate about the debates. President Obama and Mitt Romney go head to head  Wednesday, but do the face-offs really matter? Some experts say people are more interested in seeing a train-wreck moment  than in hearing substance.

  • States With the Most Federal Funding Friday, 28 Sep 2012 | 11:18 AM ET
    Federal spending per capita: $30,318Total federal spending: $577.80 billionNumber of state residents: 19.1 millionThe state of Florida was the recipient of the most federal spending in the nation, both in total and on a per capita basis. It’s similar to second-place Louisiana in that one of the 10 prime awards it received went to the Department of Health and Human Services, and all the others went to the Department of Homeland Security.Other than the Harris Corporation, a telecommunications comp

    Using data from USASpending.gov,an OMB website, CNBC.com presents the 10 states that received the most federal dollars per capita in fiscal year 2011.

  • GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns at Exhibit Edge, a small woman-owned business in Chantilly, Virginia.

    A new poll shows that in households worth $800,000 or more, the women favor Mitt Romney for president.

  • Watch House Prices, Stupid, for US Election Risk Friday, 28 Sep 2012 | 1:59 AM ET
    Ballot Box

    As politicians hurl mud ahead of the election, investors might do well to ponder what “the economy, stupid” means in 2012.

  • Obama Leads Romney in Three More Swing States Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 | 6:30 PM ET
    President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    President Barack Obama leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney among likely voters in the battleground states of New Hampshire, Nevada, and North Carolina, new NBC News-Wall Street Journal polls show.

  • Presidential Attack Ads: The Truth Takes a Beating Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 | 3:24 PM ET

    From the stump and on the airwaves, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney often glossed over exactly where the other stands on five major issues, the Fiscal Times reports.

  • Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during the American Legion 94th National Convention on August 29, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Romney is scheduled to accept his party's nomination on August 30.

    Mitt Romney says Americans shouldn't expect a big tax cut from him if he's elected, because the nation also has to think about how to tame out-of-control federal deficits.

  • Fact Checking Obama’s ‘Fair Share’ Ad Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 5:25 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaking on the "Buffett Rule" in Boca Raton, FL.

    A new television ad for Obama blasts Romney for his secretly recorded “47 percent” comments and points out that Romney didn’t mention all of the other taxes that Americans pay, even if they’re not paying federal income tax. But the ad, entitled “Fair Share,” does the same thing to Mitt Romney

  • Obama vs Romney: Pick a Winner, Pick an ETF Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 1:34 PM ET

    With six weeks before the presidential election, investors have been dumping actively managed mutual funds and snapping up ETFs instead. In response, issuers are flooding the market with new products on an almost-daily basis, the Fiscal Times reports.

  • Why I'm Voting for President Obama: Barry Diller Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012 | 12:47 PM ET
    Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    Running  "such an inept, depressing campaign is grounds for dismissal.” Barry Diller says of Mitt Romney during an interview with CNBC.

  • Romney Needs to Get Tougher on Obama: Trump Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012 | 12:34 PM ET
    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) and his vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) take the stage during a campaign event at the Crenshaw Gymnasium on the campus of Randolph-Macon College August 11, 2012 in Ashland, Virginia.

    Mitt Romney will need to get tougher if he’s going to have a chance against President Obama in the election, Donald Trump said during his weekly call with CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday.

  • About-Face for Bankers’ New Lobbyist Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012 | 2:18 AM ET
    Tim Pawlenty

    To say that the choice of Tim Pawlenty to represent the banking industry is odd would be an understatement, but his appointment is the clearest sign yet of the flexible ethic that makes the revolving door in Washington spin faster.

  • Teachers’ Unions Court G.O.P. Monday, 24 Sep 2012 | 4:35 PM ET
    Chicago public school teachers and their supporters picket in front of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) headquarters on September 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 26,000 teachers and support staff walked off their jobs yesterday after the Chicago Teachers Union failed to reach an agreement with the city on compensation, benefits and job security. With about 350,000 students, the Chicago school district is the third largest in the United States.

    Traditional alliances have shifted, and teachers’ unions have pursued some strange bedfellows among lawmakers who would not appear to be natural allies, The New York Times reports.

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