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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.

  • Fireplaces have performed a central role in warming homes since the first huts and houses were built, and for a many generations they looked more or less the same way. Thanks to new technologies, changing tastes, and new materials, a fireplace is typically no longer the main way to heat the home -- nor is it necessarily just a hole in the wall, a mantle, and a chimney. Fireplaces now come in almost as many varieties as there are styles of homes, and they might not have a mantle, or in some cases

    Here's a selection of properties currently on the market that feature fireplaces great and minimal, modern and rustic, indoor and outdoor.

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    Message to my fellow conservatives: Please don’t blame the mainstream media for the improvement in jobs, unemployment, and economic growth. Reporters are not making this up. The economy is better. It’s going to give President Obama a leg up on the election. GOP beware, and come to your senses.

  • Italy manages a bond sale and the U.S. scolds Japan - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Jarrett: Payroll Tax Drama

    Valerie Jarret, President Obama's senior advisor shares details behind House Speaker John Boehner's promise to vote down a Senate bill that extends payroll tax cuts for another two months.

  • There's a clear new front-runner in the GOP race for president. The latest in national Gallop poll shows former House Speaker Newt Gingrich soaring to a 15 point lead over Mitt Romney, 37-to-22.

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    FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt was placed on a leave of absence Monday, and U.S. officials said his employment is under review following his arrest for drunken driving in suburban Northern Virginia.

  • Herman Cain denies sexual harassment allegations.

    The Republican presidential candidate said he'll make an announcement about the future of his embattled presidential bid on Saturday but did not elaborate further.

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    For all the supercharged attention leading up to the non-report from the congressional supercommittee on deficit reduction, it's hard to come to any other conclusion that — for now, at least — no one really cares.

  • Herman Cain

    Herman Cain became badly flustered on Monday when asked to assess President Obama’s policy toward Libya, raising new questions about his command of foreign policy as he lurched over five minutes from awkward pauses to halting efforts to address the issue.

  • GOP symbol and cash

    We found several exaggerations and misstatements in the latest Republican presidential candidates’ debate.

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    The Republican co-chair of the so-called super committee in charge of slashing the nation's deficit on Sunday called deliberations a "rollercoaster ride," and gave no indication that a deal could be struck before the panel's Thanksgiving deadline.

  • Rick Santorum

    We must work with Israel to determine the proper military response needed to stabilize the region, protect our allies and protect this country – if that includes targeted airstrikes on Iranian nuclear facilities, then I am prepared to authorize that action.

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    Shame on the Republican candidates for president. Shame on them for showing up at debate specifically targeting the U.S. economy with not one credible, rational, even reputable notion of what to do about the nation's housing mess.

  • GOP Candidate Rick Perry at Presidential Debate

    Rick Perry moved into spin control Thursday after a stumble during the Republican presidential debate, and insisted it won't force him out of the presidential race.

  • Rick Perry on Today Show

    Texas Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry appears on the Today show to discuss his performance on last night's debate.

  • Barack Obama

    While you await tonight's CNBC GOP debate, it is worth remembering that President Barack Obama is still the favorite of the financial sector.

  • Herman Cain denies sexual harassment allegations.

    GOP presidential candiate Herman Cain denied allegations of sexual harassment brought by several women, telling a news conference: "I have never acted inappropriately with anyone. Period."

  • Ron Paul Prepares to Square Off

    Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) prepares to square off in a debate tomorrow on all issues facing the economy.

  • Herman Cain

    Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will respond at a news conference to the latest in a string of claims of inappropriate sexual behavior that have rocked his presidential campaign.