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  • Obama's Economic Approval Rating Rising?

    Vin Weber, Clark & Weinstock; Meghan McCain, Daily Beast; and Matt K. Lewis, Daily Caller, discussing the President's economic approval rating, and whether his State of the Union address, gained him some points.

  • Romney Sounds Off on 'Buffett Tax'

    Mitt Romney, GOP presidential candidate, discusses the "Buffett" tax , saying, "the idea of a Buffett tax, that we are going to raise taxes on capital gains, would only make it harder for middle-income Americans to find good jobs and get higher incomes. We want saving and investment to be given a break, because it is taxed already at the corporate level, as you (Kudlow) point out, already at a 45% combined rate, you want to raise that higher? You'll just choke off the growth of America's economy."

  • President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech.

    Rising optimism about the economy has slightly boosted President Obama’s prospects, according to the latest NBC News/WSJ poll.

  • George Soros, founder of Soros Fund Management LLC.

    Despite recent actions by European regulators, billionaire investor George Soros told CNBC's Maria Bartiromo, more is needed to safeguard the teetering euro zone amid a possible Greek default.

  • President Obama's State of the Union Speech

    In his State of the Union address last night President Obama reminded the nation that education equals employment...Given the global economic challenges we confront it is essential we provide every American with the opportunity for a quality education. But that is not possible if our educational infrastructure is in disrepair.

  • Global Markets Update: Soros Says Must Watch Spain & Italy

    European markets close mostly down over ongoing concerns over a Greek debt deal. Billionaire George Soros says we need to strengthen Italy & Spain. Telecom shares fall after Ericsson misses sales and profit forecasts. German business sentiment rises for the third straight month. Treasury sells $35 billion in 5-year notes at yield of .899 percent.

  • Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King

    The governor of the Bank of England said he would be willing to implement further rounds of asset purchases – also known as quantitative easing - in an effort to rebalance the UK economy and issued a stark warning to the financial sector ahead of bonus season in the City of London.

  • President Obama: State of the Union 2012

    President Barack Obama delivers his 2012 State of the Union address in front of both houses of Congress, members of the Supreme Court, and leaders of the military.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: Gas Futures Biggest Gainer

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets, including a number of refinery closures that could help drive the price of gasoline higher.

  • This satellite image shows the Strait of Hormuz, between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The Strait of Hormuz runs between Iran and United Arab Emirates.

    Iranian authorities have reacted to the decision by the European Union on an embargo by calling for an immediate halt to oil sales to the continent. In a statement on its website, the Iranian Oil Ministry described the European Union’s decision as “hasty” and “a political game”.

  • Oversight Committee Members on Housing, Post Office & Consumer Protection

    Discussing the U.S. Post Office's insolvency and refusal to reorganize, banks admitting to unethical conduct in predatory lending practices which may hold them accountable for the wave of foreclosures, and the appointment of the new consumer watchdog, with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA); Rep. Jason Chaffetz, (R-UT); Rep. John Tierny (D-MA) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD).

  • McConnell's State of the Union Preview

    Sen Mitch McConnell, Senate Republican Leader, (R-KY) discusses what he hopes to hear from President Obama in his State of the Union address, and whether he expects divisiveness to continue in Congress.

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    Washington state may be the next American state to legalize gay marriage. It has the support of several major companies, but Microsoft is the most high-profile business to back it. Prominent figures in the business community support marriage equality, as was the case in New York, the last state to legalize it.

  • Can Romney Stop Gingrich Surge?

    Mitt Romney is getting ready to reveal what's in his tax returns on the heels of his loss to Newt Gingrich in the South Carolina GOP primary. CNBC's John Harwood explains.

  • America’s infrastructure can and should be built with American steel. That is why current Buy America provisions are so important, and why efforts to circumvent these provisions, such as California used in the Bay Bridge project, need to be stopped.

  • With the new year we thought it might make sense to outline our major themes for 2012.

  • European Union Flag

    The euro currency does not work for Greece or Portugal and they will eventually leave the euro zone, an economist told CNBC.

  • Final South Carolina Countdown

    Discussing whether this is Mitt Romney's race to lose, with Steve Schmidt, Edelmen vice president; Ari Melber, The Nation; and Ed Rogers, former Bush duputy assistant.

  • Mitt Romney

    Let me build on Charles Krauthammer’s great Friday column, “The GOP’s Suicide March.” Krauthammer argues that just as President Obama’s class-warfare, soak-the-rich mantra started lagging in the polls, some Republicans on the campaign trail started making the case that Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital was involved in nothing more than vulture capitalism, looting companies, and destroying jobs. Keeping class envy alive.

  • South Carolina Primary Update

    CNBC's John Harwood has the state of play on the campaign trail, hours before the voting begins in South Carolina's primary. Also, reaction from the audience when President Obama burst into song at the Apollo Theater in New York City last night.