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  • Identity Fraud Rises to New High Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 | 6:10 AM ET
    Woman using a computer

    With criminals growing increasingly sophisticated and organized, identity fraud is once again on the rise, according to a survey released by Javelin Strategy & Research.

  • President Calls for End to Partisan Wrangling Tuesday, 9 Feb 2010 | 1:52 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama said a Tuesday meeting with top House and Senate leaders from both parties "went very well," but continued to ask for more bipartisan cooperation on pending legislative matters.

  • Will Baby Boomers Bankrupt Social Security? Monday, 8 Feb 2010 | 10:41 AM ET
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    As the record federal budget deficit draws increasing scrutiny from Washington to Wall Street to Main Street, deficit hawks may take aim at entitlement programs including Social Security.  And, the nearly 80 million Baby Boomers phasing into retirement will set in motion a dynamic that—if not addressed by Congress—could result in the next generation getting fewer benefits.

  • Dodd Moves Ahead on Financial Reform Without GOP Friday, 5 Feb 2010 | 10:49 AM ET
    Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) and ranking member Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)

    Senate banking committee chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) says negotiations on a bipartisan regulatory reform bill for the financial sector have "reached an impasse" and as a result he will move forward with a revised version of his draft legislation first unveiled in Novermber. 

  • U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)

    Senate banking committee members have made major progress in long-running negotiations over a financial reform bill, but time appears to be running out on forging a consensus package.

  • Bank of America flag

    The New York Attorney General's office is filing civil charges against Bank of America and its former CEO Ken Lewis, saying the bank misled investors about Merrill Lynch when it acquired the Wall Street bank in late 2008.

  • Roubini: It Would Take a Crisis to Change Russia Thursday, 4 Feb 2010 | 6:26 AM ET
    Nouriel Roubini

    It would take a sharp fall in the price of oil or another crisis to change Russia's economic system for the long term, Nouriel Roubini, economist and New York University Professor, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Tamminen: One Step Ahead of the Carbon Cops Monday, 1 Feb 2010 | 7:18 AM ET
    The Carbon Challenge - A CNBC Special Report - See Complete Coverage

    The Securities and Exchange Commission's new rule requiring publicly held companies to disclose their exposure to potential losses from climate change helps not hurts Corporate America.

  • Obama Sets Ambitious Export Goal Friday, 29 Jan 2010 | 11:50 AM ET
    Trade

    President Obama would have to battle liberals,  persuade China to boost its currency 40%, get the world economy to grow much faster and cut taxes for US exporters, the NY Times reports.

  • immigration_visa_200.jpg

    Contrary to popular belief - and one often fueled by misperception and misinformation, major IT services companies do not hoard visas and they do not displace American workers. However, before favoring massive H1-B reform or outright abolishment, opponents should take a closer look at its implications from a global perspective.

  • Obama Not Focusing Enough on Economy: NBC Poll Tuesday, 26 Jan 2010 | 7:06 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    Many Americans think President Obama should spend more time on the economy and think his health-care plan is a bad idea, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. 

  • Whatever Happened to One Person-One Vote? Tuesday, 26 Jan 2010 | 1:45 PM ET

    The Supreme Court’s decision to treat business entities as “people” has fired up political pundits and lobbyists on all sides, writes William Dunkelberg, Economics Professor at Temple University.

  • Kneale: Obama Loses It—the Bank-Bash Backlash Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | 3:40 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    The Democrat Debacle in Massachusetts offered a rare gift to President Obama: a premonition of the rout that was about to rack his own party in the mid-term congressional elections nine months from now.  Instead, Bam is losing it.

  • Obama: Bank Regulators May Have Gotten Too Tough Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | 3:38 PM ET
    President Barack Obama addressing a town hall in Elyria, OH.

    President Barack Obama said on Friday that regulatory oversight of the country's banks might now be erring too much on the side of caution, potentially hindering the flow of credit to small businesses.

  • Lobbyists Get Potent Weapon in Campaign Finance Ruling Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | 11:43 AM ET
    Sen. Chuch Schumer

    The Supreme Court has handed lobbyists a new weapon. A lobbyist can now tell any elected official: if you vote wrong, my company, labor union or interest group will spend unlimited sums explicitly advertising against your re-election.

  • If Bills Fail, a Quandary for Insurers Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | 10:32 AM ET
    Ronald A. Williams

    With the possible collapse of the Congressional health care effort, health insurers might seem to have reason to celebrate. The legislation threatened to remake much of their business, with the prospect of burdensome government regulation and less profit from selling coverage to individuals and small businesses. The New York Times reports.

  • Would New Bank Rules Really Prevent Another Crisis? Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | 9:50 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Obama wants to cut down to size those too-big-to-fail banks. But his vow on Thursday to rewrite the rules of Wall Street left many questions unanswered, the New York Times reports,  including the big one: Would this really prevent another financial crisis?

  • Bank Overhaul Poses Threat To Stocks, Economy: Experts Thursday, 21 Jan 2010 | 3:36 PM ET
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    President Obama's crackdown on big banks could slow the economic recovery and spark a major selloff in stocks, some experts said.

  • Supreme Court Rolls Back Campaign Spending Limits Thursday, 21 Jan 2010 | 10:33 AM ET
    Gavel

    The Supreme Court struck down Thursday long-standing limits on corporate spending in U.S. political campaigns, such as this year's congressional races and the 2012 presidential contest.

  • Banks Being Attacked Unfairly: Ex-Bear Stearns CEO Thursday, 21 Jan 2010 | 9:29 AM ET
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    The banking industry has unfairly come into the crosshairs of both the public and politicians, former Bear Stearns CEO Alan "Ace" Greenberg said.