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  • Bank of Ireland Sale Keeps It Out of State Hands Monday, 25 Jul 2011 | 6:00 AM ET
    Ireland and European Union

    Ireland sold a 1.1 billion euro ($1.6 billion) stake in Bank of Ireland to a group of unidentified investors on Monday to keep the country's largest bank out of state hands and provide a rare boost to a battered sector and bruised economy.

  • Accuser of Strauss-Kahn Goes Public Sunday, 24 Jul 2011 | 7:06 PM ET
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    Breaking her silence and shedding her anonymity, the hotel maid who says she was sexually assaulted by former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn says she wants him to go to jail.

  • US Officials Scramble for Debt Deal as Clock Ticks Sunday, 24 Jul 2011 | 11:34 AM ET
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    White House officials and Republican leaders scrambled on Sunday to reassure global markets the United States would avert a debt default but the two sides gave no sign they were moving closer to a deal.

  • Debt Crisis: Deal Sought to Head Off Stock Plunge Saturday, 23 Jul 2011 | 6:26 PM ET
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    Precariously short of time, congressional leaders struggled in urgent, weekend-long talks to avert an unprecedented government default, desperate to show enough progress to head off a plunge in stock prices when Asian markets open ahead of the US workweek.

  • Investors Scramble to Prepare for the Unthinkable Saturday, 23 Jul 2011 | 2:49 PM ET
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    World markets have behaved until now as if it were inevitable that Congress would raise the debt ceiling  before the Treasury Department exhausts its ability to pay all of its bills in early August. The breakdown of negotiations Friday has jolted that sense of equanimity, the New York Times reports.

  • Obama, Lawmakers Seek to Salvage US Debt Deal Saturday, 23 Jul 2011 | 2:28 PM ET
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    President Barack Obama and top congressional lawmakers Saturday attempted to salvage a deal to avoid a catastrophic debt default after a collapse in deficit talks left both sides angry and frustrated.

  • More than 90 Killed in Norway Shooting, Bombing Attack Saturday, 23 Jul 2011 | 1:06 PM ET
    Anders Behring Breivik

    A suspected far-right gunman in police uniform killed at least 85 people in a ferocious attack on a youth summer camp of Norway's ruling Labour party, hours after a bomb killed seven in Oslo.

  • Obama Summons Leaders to White House on Debt Talks Saturday, 23 Jul 2011 | 10:35 AM ET
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    President Barack Obama and congressional leaders are scrambling to find a way ahead on a debt deal after House Speaker John Boehner threw negotiations into crisis by walking out less than two weeks before the deadline to avoid a potentially catastrophic default.

  • How to Use Currencies to Trade the Debt-Talk Logjam Friday, 22 Jul 2011 | 7:26 PM ET
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    Those debt talks were moving along - until their latest stumble. Here's how to trade the ups and downs.

  • CNBC.com Market Outlook Friday, 22 Jul 2011 | 5:00 PM ET
    CNBC.com Market Outlook

    CNBC's Melissa Francis looks at the week's top business news and investing advice, including sovereign debt plays and tech stocks.

  • Feinman: Financial Market Outlook Friday, 22 Jul 2011 | 12:14 PM ET
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    The US economy has been in recovery for two years, but the pace has been frustratingly slow, well below that of past rebounds from deep recessions and inadequate to repair the damage done by the crisis of 2008-’09. Every time it seems the recovery may be gaining traction, the momentum peters out... Still, the economy retains important supports.

  • President Barack Obama makes a statement on his birth certificate at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 27, 2011.

    Does Wall street have a problem with President Barack Obama?  Not if his fundraising or reelection efforts tell us anything.

  • Obama's Campaign War Chest Friday, 22 Jul 2011 | 9:10 AM ET
    Obama's Campaign War Chest

    CNBC's Eamon Javers has the details on the new report on President Obama's fundraising efforts for his 2012 re-election campaign.

  • Party Time Down Under, Doldrums for Dollar Friday, 22 Jul 2011 | 7:31 AM ET
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    Greece's bailout gives a lift, but the dollar is missing the fun - time for your Friday FX Fix.

  • Banks Brace For Hits on Greek Bonds Friday, 22 Jul 2011 | 12:45 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    Banks across Europe are braced to take as much as 17 billion euro ($24.5 billion) of writedowns on their holdings of Greek sovereign debt within a matter of days.

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    If the debt ceiling does not get raised, the ramifications range from really bad to Armageddon. That's why the markets and pundits believe the debt ceiling will get raised. It has to. But here are the top five reasons the debt ceiling may not get raised.

  • Farr: Deficits and Debt Do They Really Matter? Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | 10:32 AM ET
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    Despite President Obama's optimistic words, an eleventh-hour breakthrough in deficit negotiations using the so-called "Gang of Six" plan doesn't seem to have a chance.

  • 'Gang of Six' Plan Can't Pass by Aug. 2: Sen. Conrad Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | 10:06 AM ET
    Kent Conrad

    Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad said Thursday that it's impossible to enact the "Gang of Six" plan for spending cuts, a tax code overhaul and changes in benefit programs by the Aug. 2 default deadline, so a short-term extension of the debt limit is the most likely solution.

  • Government Regulation

    Today marks one year since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 was signed into law. One year since Rep. Barney Frank and former Senator Chris Dodd  chose to ignore our concerns that this bill would stifle the recovery, harm job creation and crush Main Street America.

  • US Default Could Benefit Treasury Investors Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | 9:03 AM ET
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    All eyes are turned towards the clock as the August 2 deadline for the US debt talks approaches. Treasurys investors could stand to benefit if Congress cannot agree to raise the debt ceiling.