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    Debt woes hit the dollar - again - and Asian currencies lift off. Time for your daily FX Fix.

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    Analysts at Barclays Capital expect the United States to lose its AAA credit rating as a compromise plan is passed by Congress that leads S&P to cut its rating on US debt.

  • U.S. Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner

    As the high risk-game of chicken over raising the US debt ceiling draws closer to possible economic collision, one economist is warning that any deal that wins approval from the right-wing Tea Party movement will pass neither the Senate nor the president.

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    As the debate over raising the debt ceiling in the United States lurches onward, one analyst tells CNBC that if America wants to keep taxing its people like it's the 1950’s, it will need to significantly cut back on spending.

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

    I know I’m supposed to be all freaked out about the nation reaching its debt limit and our credit being downgraded and we’ll stop paying some bills. But I live in California. This is normal. Daily panic and doomsday scenarios over government finances started here. Political gridlock, kicking the can down the road…that’s how we roll.

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    That August 2 deadline just keeps approaching, and Washington seems no closer to a debt deal. Here's how to trade the impasse.

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    As we edge ever closer to next Tuesday, August 2nd, those of us who cover the housing market are trying to figure out what this will mean to mortgage interest rates. They are currently bouncing around historic lows and have been for some time. Refinances are surging, as the seven people left who haven't yet refied are scrambling to do so. But are we all worried over nothing?

  • Dora the Explorer

    Feeling obligated to watch the President I tuned in for a classic "not my fault but his fault" game of dodge-responsibility. Speaker Boehner wasn't any better. I got mad watching the politicians be politicians and I got Lola Jane mad by turning off Dora.

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    We need a deal with the greatest amount of cuts, and we need to lift the debt limit - NOW. It looks as if our sovereign debt rating will most surely be cut by the ratings agencies. That this has been allowed to happen is a shameful, despicable black mark that should follow each legislator to his or her grave.

  • Worries about the debt ceiling derail the dollar, and kiwis fall after trade data disappoints  - it's time for your daily FX Fix.

  • A pile of old cellular phones.

    The phone hacking crisis causing turmoil at News Corp subsidiary News International will not extend to rival Daily Mail & General Trust, according to the company's chief executive.

  • President Ronald Reagan watches as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher speaks November 16, 1988 in Washington, DC.

    One of Ronald Reagan's best-known advisors on economics told CNBC that the former President would have started negotiations much earlier than President Barack Obama has.

  • US Senate Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid

    The big sticking points between the House GOP leadership and Sen. Harry Reid’s latest plan are 1) the House wants two debt increases, one this year and one next year (Reid has just one increase) and 2) the House Republicans want a guaranteed balanced-budget-amendment vote.

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: EDL (English Defence League) members demonstrate outside the US embassy in Mayfair against a rival Muslim protest condemning the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 6, 2011 in London, England. The Muslim demonstration, which was called by radical Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary, was in close proximity to a rival protest by the English Defense League who were celebrating the death of the al-Queda leader. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

    The increasing acceptance of Islamophobia and anti-immigration rhetoric in the mainstream of European political discourse has created a space for a resurgent and self-confident far-right that has become a credible threat to security and society.

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    The weekend ended with no deal on the debt ceiling. As I wrote last week, there are at least five reasons why the debt ceiling may not get raised. As we head into this week, the common wisdom remains that the debt ceiling will be raised one way or another. But will it?

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    It's not like the housing market needs any more headwinds, so here's the government potentially giving us another: The mortgage interest deduction is back in big play in the budget deal.

  • Whatever comes out of the debt ceiling talks in Washington, the U.S. is headed toward a period of austerity, BlackRock Chief Equity Analyst Robert Doll told CNBC.

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    Deadlocked debt-ceiling talks dent the dollar and send the Swissie soaring - it's time for your daily FX Fix.

  • The Price of Uncertainty

    It's safe to assume that political leaders will come to some compromise, says David Woo, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, who feels confident the U.S. will not default.