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Top News & Analysis Washington DC

  • Whistleblower Controversy

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports the IRS Whistleblower program is running up against a brick wall.

  • Obamas Release Their Taxes

    A look at the tax returns for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with CNBC's Hampton Pearson.

  • 'Buffett Rule': Tax Policy or Politics?

    Discussing President Obama's tax proposal, with Jared Bernstein, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities and Dan Mitchell, Cato Institute.

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    Herb Greenberg wonders if an obscure provision of the proposed JOBS Act would have kept Groupon from having to restate its financials.

  • The real estate website Trulia recently released its Winter 2012 Metro Movers report, which examines all property searches made by homebuyers and renters to see where they hope to buy and rent next.  Topping the list of the most popular places for online house hunters is the Palm Bay- Melbourne – Titusville metropolitan area of Florida. The Sunshine State makes six more appearances in the top 10 most popular metro areas for house hunters.  Despite the foreclosure backlog, more people want to mov

    The real estate website Trulia recently released its Winter 2012 Metro Movers report. What follows are 10 desirable neighborhoods that tend to fly under the radar in their major American cities.

  • The Brookings Institution recently issued a report the compared per-capita gross domestic product and changes in employment data from 2010 to 2011 in 200 of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. The report found that these areas produced 48 percent of global output despite accounting for only 14 percent of the world’s population and employment.In other findings: Ninety percent of the fastest-growing economies were outside North America and western Europe; U.S. metropolitan areas outperformed t

    The Brookings Institution analyzed the financial data of the world’s largest metropolitan areas and uncovered some interesting findings. Check out which cities were the most productive.

  • UHNW population: 1,855 With an UHNW population that nearly doubles that of Atlanta, Dallas is home to 1,855 individuals worth at least $30 million, according to Wealth-X. The Dallas area is home to major companies like AT&T, Dean Foods, Texas Instruments and Southwest Airlines. Some of the richest residents include billionaire and former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot, oil magnate Ray Lee Hunt and leveraged buyout billionaire Harold Simmons.

    Who are the one percent, and where are they from? According to Wealth-X, the United States is home to 57,860 such individuals. Find out which cities they call home.

  • The Best Tax Plan:  Romney, Gingrich, or Santorum?

    Which GOP presidential candidate had the best message on growth and taxes at CPAC on Friday? Dean Baker, Ctr. for Economic & Policy Research, and Dan Mitchell, CATO Institute, discuss.

  • When lead-footed drivers get snagged and ticketed, their downfall might have been passing a speed trap where a cop was using radar or a laser, or maybe the driver passed a speed camera. However, as technology improves traffic enforcement, it is also progressing on the side of the speeder. Now joining the radar detector is crowd-sourced reporting of speed traps, a virtual warning system using the Internet and a mobile app. This list of the 10 most -active cities for speed traps was compiled by Tr

    As technology improves traffic enforcement, it is also progressing on the side of the speeder. Check out the list of the 10 most-active cities for speed traps, as compiled by Trapster.com.

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    Washington state may be the next American state to legalize gay marriage. It has the support of several major companies, but Microsoft is the most high-profile business to back it. Prominent figures in the business community support marriage equality, as was the case in New York, the last state to legalize it.

  • The new tech titans are building the tools that influence our daily lives, giving us games like Words with Friends, and the ability to stream our favorite TV shows wherever we are, on whatever gadgets we choose.But where do they rest their bleary eyes after their late-night hackathons? Some prefer a modest place to call home, belying their rock-star-nerd status. But others have splurged and shown that it really pays to be a geek after all.

    Some prefer a modest place to call home, belying their rock-star-nerd status. But others have splurged, showing it really pays to be a geek after all.

  • In 2010, the average U.S. worker had been with his or her employer for 4.4 years, according to the  That’s a far cry from the 20-year tenure that’s been the American worker’s ideal since time immemorial, and it’s an indicator of an uncomfortable reality -- jobs just don’t last like they used to.While it may not always be possible to stay with the same employer for a few decades, it’s still possible to stay with one profession over the long haul. No matter how the job market changes, and no matte

    Jobs just don’t last like they used to, but it’s still possible to stay with one profession over the long haul. Click to see what some of them are.

  • Will Cordray Target Mortgage Companies?

    Richard Cordray, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director says he's not distracted by legal questions of his appointment and discusses the hot issues facing him, including the bureau's plans to zero in on mortgage companies.

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    In 2011, we learned (again) that global events that we cannot control can shake the oil markets, send prices higher and steal money from your wallet.

  • 2012 Election: It's the Economy

    Will the improving economy be enough to keep President Obama in the White House come November? Phil Kerpen, Americans for Prosperity, and Dean Baker, Ctr. for Economic & Policy Research, weigh in. Also, discussing whether the U.S. economy is doing better than people think, with Brian Wesbury, First Trust Advisors.

  • Tax Cut Extention: No Drama & Without Delay?

    CNBC's Eamon Javers summarizes comments made by President Obama today on the payroll taxcut extension, saying the President urges Congress to reach a new full-year extension next year, with no drama and without delay.

  • Santelli's Bond Report

    CNBC's Rick Santelli reports the payroll tax cut extension has been approved and the cut will save workers $20 a week, on average.

  • Boehner: Two Month Tax Deal Reached

    Speaker John Boehner, (R-OH) says a two month agreement has been reached on the payroll tax-cut extention bill and he will ask for unanimous consent.

  • Boehner Speaks on Payroll Tax Debacle

    Speaker John Boehner speaks on the payroll tax extension. 'It's time for us to sit down and have a serious negotiation and solve this problem so American workers don't see their taxes go up in January,' he says.

  • Fair Lending Settlement a Whopping $335M

    CNBC's Eamon Javers has the details on the government's settlement against BofA's Countrywide unit.