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Congress Political Leaders

  • A European Union flag, left, hangs beside a Greek national flag beneath the Parthenon temple on Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece.

    Only a quarter of Germans think Greece should stay in the eurozone or get more help from other countries in the currency union, a Financial Times/Harris poll has found.

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks at Latin American summit

    The Venezuelan president pledged to invest $130 billion in Venezuela's Orinoco Oil Belt between 2013 and 2019 to boost national production from 3 million barrels per day to 6 million bpd, doubling output to make it OPEC’s second-largest producer after Saudi Arabia, knocking Iran into third place.

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    Even if one of these candidates is able to alter the race, the occurrence of a significant convention bounce does not ensure success in November.

  • Politics & Policy in China

    A Chinese court hands a suspended death sentence to Gu Kailai, wife of former fast-rising political star Bo Xilai. Dane Chamorro, Director, Global Risk Analysis, Asia Pacific, Control Risks and Colin Chapman, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Stratfor discuss the economic and political facets of this case.

  • British Pound

    The U.S. may enjoy the privilege of printing the world’s reserve currency, but the UK currently enjoys lower government borrowing costs – and by the widest margin in almost six years. The FT reports.

  • Migrant workers weed lettuce seed plants at an organic produce farm near Fresno, California.

    There's a different sort of drought plaguing California, the nation's largest farm state. It's $38 billion agricultural sector is facing a scarcity of labor.

  • Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a campaign rally at the NASCAR Technical Institute on August 12, 2012 in Mooresville, North Carolina.

    Small business reaction to Paul Ryan is rolling in. See what business leaders have to say about Mitt Romney's pick.

  • Julia Gillard's Likeability Questioned

    Mark Rolfe, Lecturer - School of Social Sciences and International Studies University of New South Wales and Peter Chen, Lecturer - Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney explain why they don't think that Julia Gillard will survive a re-election. They further discuss reasons why their respective candidates of choice are likely to win the next election.

  • The Parthenon, illuminated at night, sits at the top of Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece, on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.

    Greece’s talks with the European Central Bank, European Commission and International Monetary Fund over the weekend may have gone well but not enough is being done in terms of structural reform and the Greek people expect government action to start bringing about results, Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos, a senior lecturer in politics at Birkbeck College at the University of London, told CNBC on Monday.

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    Russia has yielded many leading industrial companies that rank among global leaders in mining, metallurgy, petrochemicals and telecommunications. Despite the rapid development of the regional economy and the strides made over the past 20 years, WTO membership promises to be an important catalyst for growth in the Russian market.

  • EU building flags brussels

    As investors prepare for another trading week, stocks are in risk mode on expectations that euro zone policy makers will do whatever it takes to preserve the euro.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Even as hundreds of thousands of German tourists head south for their holidays on the front line beaches of the euro zone crisis, the politicians and commentators left behind are indulging in an orgy of speculation about whether Greece can long last as a full participant in the common currency, the Financial Times reports.

  • Barney Frank

    Now's not the time to talk about breaking up the banks, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Thursday. Frank was responding to former Citigroup CEO Sanford Weill’s call on Wednesday to separate commercial banks from investment banks.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: Mideast Tensions in Focus

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • If Syria Falls, What Will Iran Do?

    CNBC's Sue Herera and Sharon Epperson report on how the rebellion in Syria is impacting Iran and its oil supply. Alireza Nader, The Rand Corporation, offers insight. "There is a possibility, if Iran becomes more nervous and insecure, they will be less likely to compromise on the nuclear program," says Nader.

  • Political Ads Flood Battlegrounds

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on the latest batch of attack ads hitting both presidential candidates.

  • Can Congress Avoid the 'Fiscal Cliff?'

    Rep. Chris Van Hollen, (D-MD), discusses the necessity of a bipartisan balanced federal budget, and why it's important to close special interest tax loopholes and make targeted spending cuts.

  • Ron Paul Asks Bernanke About Deflation

    Rep. Ron Paul, (R-TX) asks Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to address the difference between inflation and deflation before the House Financial Services Committee.

  • Rep. Capuano on Libor Accountability

    Rep. Michael Capuano, (D-MA), wants to know if big banks should be held accountable if it's found that interest rates were intentionally manipulated, and what's a number that would prevent the economy from being thrown over a "fiscal cliff."

  • Rep. Paul: 'Congress Ought to Get a Backbone'

    Rep. Ron Paul, (R-TX) wants to know about the secrecy surrounding the Fed's action in bailing out banks in Europe, and which branch of government has the authority to monitor monetary policy.