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    European leaders are pushing to impose measures that would ensure the Greek government lives up to its promise to deliver €50 billion ($70 billion) in privatization proceeds, amid skepticism that Athens can carry out the sell-offs reports the FT.

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    The war of words between Republicans and Elizabeth Warren should escalate later Tuesday when the special adviser running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau testifies before a House subcommittee. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., chairman of the Oversight Committee's subcommittee on TARP, told CNBC Tuesday the bureau has been operating without oversight as Warren, claiming to be only an adviser, extends her role behind the scenes.

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    President Obama’s gyroscopic legislative endeavors helped the nation survive the worst financial crisis since the 1930’s. It would have been unfathomable to risk America’s image of economic invincibility and allow the free markets to punish bad behavior. Instead, the Federal Reserve printed money to inflate the stock market and promote economic growth, all courtesy of a low interest rate environment. Now Congress is faced with yet another debt ceiling, and sure enough, they’re scrambling for the next fiscal stunt.

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    Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, calls himself the "people's candidate." But what will he bring to the business community if elected President?

  • President Barack Obama

    It has almost been two years since US President Barack Obama took the stage at Cairo University, reaching out to a mesmerized audience and seeking "a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world".

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    Another volcanic ash cloud threatening European airspace, a threat to downgrade Belgium's credit rating and Moody's warning that it could cut UK banks' credit ratings did not make for pretty reading for investors Tuesday.

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    Financial repression is a term that has been making headlines recently.  Associated with default via forced lending to governments, low rates, cross border capital controls and high inflation, financial repression allows the indebted to lower the cost of their debt at the expense of creditors.

  • The GOP Run for 2012: Ins & Outs

    CNBC's John Harwood has the story of who's in and who's out among the growing list of GOP presidential hopefuls. Those out include; Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, and Chris Christie. Those still in the running include; Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, and Rick Santorum.

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    The European Union has extended a blacklist of individuals and companies with links to Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs as it looks to clamp down on investment and technology transfer into the country.

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    The CEO of Europe's largest insurer by gross premiums and market capitalization has called for more aid for Greece and a plan to help the country's growth, according to German media reports.

  • French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde is considered the top contender to replace Strauss-Kahn as IMF chief.

    French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde is the clear favorite to replace Dominique Strauss-Khan as the next boss of the International Monetary Fund.

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    S&P cut its outlook on Italian debt at the weekend, citing fear over its growth record, weak reform process and the likely impact of reducing its high government debt.

  • The European Central Bank is facing a potential crisis of its own because of "skeleton" risks amounting to several hundreds of billions of euros on its balance sheet, Dow Jones reported quoting Der Spiegel magazine.

  • Senator Tom Coburn

    I spoke with the terribly smart, tough, fiscal conservative Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) about why he walked out of the "Gang of Six" bipartisan budget talks. In short, what he told me was that the "Gang of Six" budget-cutting package was simply too small.

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    Worry about Greece's debt struggles, Spanish elections and a Bundesbank warning on German growth combined to drive the euro lower, and put investors on alert ahead of the weekend.

  • Gene Simmons

    Gene Simmons voted for Barack Obama, but thinks Donald Trump makes more sense. Better yet, the rocker/entrepreneur suggests we make him "benevolent dictator" for six months and he'd cut $7 trillion in debt. Unions, watch out.

  • While it’s a great idea to engage the one group responsible for systemic risk on the biggest systemic risk looming (the debt crisis), but the fact the FSOC hasn’t already addressed it means they are already behind the curve in what they are supposed to be doing.

  • Kemal Dervis

    On paper Kemal Dervis would seem to be the perfect candidate to succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn as leader of the International Monetary Fund. The New York Times reports.

  • International Monetary Fund chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is placed in the backseat of a police vehicle outside of a New York City Police Department facility in New York City.

    As the IMF gets ready to choose a successor to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who resigned following his arrest on charges that he sexually assaulted and raped a hotel housekeeper, it would be a good thing to step back for a moment and ask: What should the IMF do?

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    Fighting inflation in times when commodity prices increase is part of the future challenges the European Central Bank (ECB) will have to face, Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell, executive board member of the ECB, said in an exclusive interview with CNBC Friday.