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  • Is Austerity Racist? Monday, 7 Nov 2011 | 12:21 PM ET
    People attend the Tea Party rally on Boston Common on April 14, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Tea Party Express is on a current tour through the United States ending tomorrow in Washington, D.C., on tax day.

    Over the weekend, the New York Times ran a potentially explosive piece on its Campaign Stops blog with the mild headline “The Politics of Austerity.” The piece is in part about the racial politics of the Tea Party and austerity, and the claim it makes is that austerity is effectively racist.

  • Cain Campaign Denies Sexual Harassment Report Monday, 31 Oct 2011 | 10:01 AM ET
    Herman Cain

    Herman Cain kept his Washington campaign schedule as his team accused "inside-the-Beltway media" of attacking him with allegations that he sexually harassed two women in the 1990s.

  • One-on-One With Nancy Pelosi Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 4:09 PM ET
    One-on-One With Nancy Pelosi

    November 23 marks the deadline for the Super Committee to decide on a debt deal. Both sides have come up with their proposals, but cannot seem to move past partisan differences. CNBC's Maria Bartiromo speaks to Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) House Democratic leader regarding the situation on both sides.

  • Solyndra Documents Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 3:25 PM ET
    Solyndra Documents

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports that the House Energy & Commerce Committee is considering asking for a subpoena to get White House documents related to Solyndra. And the White House announces it's going to do a review of the DOE's loan portfolio.

  • Rick Perry: 'I Don't Care' If Tax Plan Helps the Rich Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 | 10:18 AM ET
    Texas Governor Rick Perry

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, seeking to jump-start his GOP presidential campaign with a 20 percent flat tax, said “I don’t care” if his plan gives millions to wealthy Americans because he says it will accelerate economic growth.

  • A Slight September Improvement Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | 4:21 PM ET
    Man shopping for clothes

    While investors wait to see if the Europeans will agree to a major boost in their rescue fund to backstop sovereign debt and the banks who own it, here at home the economic news has turned slightly more positive.

  • The Ron Paul Plan: Kill 5 Agencies, Cut $1 Trillion Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | 11:15 AM ET
    Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)

    Ron Paul's plan to slash $1 trillion in federal spending begins and ends at the government bureaucracies he says are most responsible for the mess.

  • Hard-Hit Nevada Will Be Key Battleground in 2012 Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | 2:19 AM ET
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    A Republican debate will play out in one of this city's glittering casinos, but the real battleground for next year's U.S. presidential election lies in the foreclosure-racked neighborhoods that sprawl beyond the Las Vegas Strip's bright lights.

  • Wall St. Donates Twice as Much to Romney as Obama Monday, 17 Oct 2011 | 11:58 AM ET

    Wall Street loves Mitt Romney almost twice as much as it loves President Barack Obama, a new analysis of campaign finance reports shows.

  • Herman Cain

    If done right, Herman Cain’s proposal to replace all federal taxes with a 9 percent income tax, 9 percent national sales tax, and 9 percent corporate tax makes good economic sense.

  • Cain Beats Romney as GOP Frontrunner for Primary Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 | 6:30 PM ET
    Herman Cain

    Business executive Herman Cain has jumped to the top of the volatile Republican presidential race in a campaign season dominated by economic anxiety.

  • Obama More Interested in Politics Than Progress: Ryan Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 | 10:25 AM ET
    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., holds a copy of his budget proposal 'The Path to Prosperity' during a news conference on the FY2012 budget resolution on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

    President Obama needs to stop campaigning and start working with Republican lawmakers who are interested in finding common ground for policies that will improve the economy, Rep. Paul Ryan said Wednesday.

  • Cain: I'm the Only One Who Wants to Kill Tax Code Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 | 8:44 AM ET
    Herman Cain

    Now that Herman Cain's stock has been rising in the Republican presidential scrabble, he's drawing a clear line between himself and the other candidates when it comes to taxes.

  • Romney Looks Past Rivals as Debate Focuses on Economy Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 | 5:00 AM ET

    Mitt Romney offered a robust defense of the health care plan he signed as governor of Massachusetts and sought to look beyond his Republican presidential rivals at a debate here Tuesday night by presenting himself as the leader who is best prepared to take on President Obama.

  • U.S. Charges Two Men in Murder Plot Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011 | 2:20 PM ET
    U.S. Charges Two Men in Murder Plot

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports Attorney General Eric Holder says the U.S. has charged two men, originally from Iran, for conspiracy to murder Saudi Arabian Ambassador.

  • Recession Officially Over; US Incomes Kept Falling Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 12:58 AM ET
    Empty Wallet

    In a grim sign of the enduring nature of the economic slump, household income declined more in the two years after the recession ended than it did during the recession itself, new research has found, reports the NYT.

  • Is Washington Hearing Wall Street Angst? Friday, 7 Oct 2011 | 1:48 PM ET
    Is Washington Hearing Wall Street Angst?

    Will the protesting voices on Wall Street actually change policy in Washington? Sharing perspective regarding the "Occupy Wall Street" protests, with Jonathan Weisman, WSJ senior political writer and White House correspondent; Ben White, Politico Morning Money columnist; and CNBC's John Carney.

  • Geithner Speaks on the Hill Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 10:00 AM ET
    Geithner Speaks on the Hill

    CNBC's Hampton Pearson reports on Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's prepared statement regarding the annual report of the financial stability oversight council.

  • Christie Move Sets 2012 Field, Boosts Romney Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 2:29 AM ET
    GOP Presidential Candidates Participate In Debate In Tampa

    After months of turmoil and uncertainty, the Republican 2012 presidential race finally appears to have a settled field of candidates — with Mitt Romney solidifying his perch at the top of the pack.

  • Obama Pitches Jobs Bill, GOP Wants Less Red Tape Saturday, 1 Oct 2011 | 8:26 AM ET

    President  Obama and his House Republican adversaries feuded over how to best create jobs in the weakened U.S. economy Saturday, with Obama demanding Congress pass his $447 billion jobs bill and the GOP countering with a call for less government red tape.