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Top News & Analysis United States

  • Chinese and U.S. leaders said Friday that they had made important progress on a range of economic issues, with China Prime Minister Wen Jiabao saying the agreement had included “some important breakthroughs.”

  • On January 29, 2012, the New York Times ran a  about Greek Olympic athletes. The nation’s debt crisis has forced Greece to implement austerity measures, which affected its ability to fund its athletes’ training.Their stipends are chronically late, their training centers have closed and their coaches aren’t being paid. It’s a surreal situation for the birthplace of the Olympics to find itself in.As in Greece, the governments of many other countries throughout the world have financed the athletic

    Many countries finance their Olympic competitors, but not the United States, where athletes fund their own training.

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    Too many Americans are addicted to cheap credit and to artificially cheap Chinese imports at big box stores

  • Chesapeake: Buy, Sell or Hold?

    The Fast Money crew weigh in on the play in Chesapeake Energy as shares plunged over 14% today and Fast Money trader, Karen Finerman shares her views on Southeastern Asset Management changing its ownership in CHK from "passive" to "active".

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    America’s economic imbalance with China has been a singular concern of policy makers for more than half a decade. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Lindsey Graham wanted to punish China for pegging the exchange rate to the dollar in 2005 — arguing that its policy of cheapening the currency to subsidize exports was fueling a huge trade surplus that cost America jobs.

  • Dow at 4-Year High: Buy, Sell or Hold?

    The Fast Money traders weigh in on the top trades to make on today's market rally ahead of Friday's jobs numbers.

  • Colleges and universities are pouring millions into renovating residence halls and freshening up cafeteria food. Administrators believe it can give them an edge in recruiting top students, while also improving the overall education by improving quality of life.

  • The Corporate Tax Debate

    According to some estimates, the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, but is that the rate companies actually pay? "You can raise the tax rate on Warren Buffett all you want, but unless you close the loop holes and exemptions, Warren Buffett will still pay less than a secretary," says Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

  • Tax season is safely behind us, so it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief. But if you paid more to the IRS than you feel you should have, maybe it’s also time to start thinking about doing things a little differently. Maybe it’s time to think about living in a state where the tax burden is less than it is where you are now.Some states have low property taxes, low gasoline taxes and low sales taxes. Some have low income tax rates, and some expect not one cent of income tax revenue from its residen

    If you paid more taxes than you feel you should have, maybe you should think about living in a state with a lower tax burden. See which states qualify as American tax havens.

  • President Obama Visits Afghanistan

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on President Obama's visit to Afghanistan on the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

  • Trading April's Winners & Losers and Groupon's Board Shakeup

    The Fast Money crew have the trade on April's best and worst stocks, and whether it's time to buy some of the laggards on the dip. Also, a look at Groupon's board shakeup, with CNBC's Kayla Tausche, and Morningstar analyst, Rick Summer discusses why he has a "sell" rating and $8 price target on GRPN.

  • UFO Festival and Parade, Pine Bush NY

    Pine Bush, N.Y., is sometimes referred to as the UFO Capital of the East Coast. After taking a big hit during the recession, it recruited the aliens to help rev up the local economy. This weekend is the Pine Bush UFO Festival and Parade!

  • Amazon Shares Surge on Earnings

    Dissecting the day's major business news, including Amazon's blowout earnings and Deckers shares plunging 17%, with the Fast Money traders.

  • China needs to open up its markets further to improve global trade and create a level playing field, U.S. Trade representative Ron Kirk told CNBC’s "Worldwide Exchange" Thursday.

  • Bacon Brunch

    Gas prices may still be uncomfortably close to $4 but great news, bacon lovers — just in time for the summer BLT season, bacon prices have fallen back down to earth in the U.S.!

  • Stocks Rally on Fed Day

    Dissecting the day's major business news, including Ben Bernanke's press conference, with the Fast Money traders. Josh Brown, Fusion Analytics, and Rich Ilczyszyn, also discuss gold's wild ride.

  • Geithner on Global Economic Growth

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner discusses his support for President Obama's recovery efforts and shares his views on economic fixes, European austerity and China's economy.

  • Geithner: Hubbard Op-Ed 'Hackish Observation'

    CNBC's John Harwood discusses the details of his interview with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who also addresses Romney advisor Glenn Hubbard's claims in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

  • Given the pace of global growth, experts say crude oil prices are higher than they should be – largely the result of concern Iran might close the Strait of Hormuz in its showdown with the U.S. and E.U. over the expansion of its nuclear program.Like Iran, some of the world’s other biggest oil producers can be subject to unpredictable and unstable political events, causing price shocks. Such was the case during the 2011 civil unrest in Libya. At the time, Libya was the 17th largest oil-producing c

    Big movements in the price of oil can have significant effects on the economy, and countries with the most oil within their borders are set to benefit, as demand for crude continues to rise.

  • Apple Surges After Earnings Beat

    Dissecting the day's major business news, including Apple's upbeat earnings surprise, with the Fast Money traders and Brian White, analyst at Topeka Capital Markets.