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Politics Barack Obama

  • Downtown, Allentown, Pennsylvania

    President Obama kicked off his jobs listening tour this morning in Allentown, Pa., by hearing from residents of this struggling region, once the seat of the nation's steel industry.

  • Global Warming

    U.S. policymakers may be looking to recast domestic cap-and-trade efforts as a new green-oriented stimulus package that invests in clean energy, employs Americans, tackles Chinese competition and banishes carbon emissions,—all at once.

  • Capital Gains

    The volatile stock market of the past two years and the prospect of higher taxes in the years ahead will have investors crunching the numbers to limit tax exposure more than ever this year.

  • Unemployment

    President Obama's options for spurring job growth may be limited by budge deficits, but with unemployment still  hovering at 10%,  he is warming to calls for a jobs-boosting bill.

  • S&P 500 futures jump 13 points on nonfarm payrolls. This was a real outlier: 11,000 jobs lost was far better than the loss of 125,000 expected, positive revisions in September and October were also a positive.

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    Golf Digest isn’t pulling its latest cover featuring a photo illustration of Tiger Woods and President Barack Obama. It’s already on the newsstands. Even though the official newsstand date is Dec. 8, the issue, which offers “10 Tips Obama Can Take From Tiger,” hit some stores today.

  • Job Losses

    The U.S. unemployment rate today is estimated at 10.2%, and considerably higher if underemployed and discouraged workers are counted.  Tomorrow, that rate is almost certain to be higher when the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its estimates for November payrolls.

  • Unemployment

    With unemployment surging and President Obama's poll ratings sinking, there’s growing debate about what—if anything—he can do about the situation.

  • As President Obama takes the stage tonight, he will discuss many issues surrounding Afghanistan. One issue he apparently won't be discussing is how to pay for this surge.

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    A funny thing happened on the way to Armageddon. The world did not end.  While many of us preached doom a year ago, some were sellin’ the hope. Here are predictions for 2010, which are also a bit bold and optimistic.

  • The Fed hikes rates three times, Congress seeks more control over the central bank and Obama moves closer to the middle on fiscal policy.

  • Stuff your emergency fund with cash

    How much do you know about your credit cards? Take Suze Ormon's quiz and find out.

  • The US government will have to cut down on borrowing by giving up on some publicly-financed programs or face inflation in one or two years, Sam Zell, chairman of Equity Group Investment, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Foreclosed Home

    Faced with sluggish progress in its foreclosure-prevention effort, the Obama administration will spend the coming weeks cracking down on mortgage companies that aren't doing enough to help borrowers at risk of losing their homes.

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    In the otherwise ponderous and unhurried context of global climate negotiations, the past two weeks have seen a variety of gripping twists. The New York Times has the story.

  • Despite the Dubai World distraction, the Street is very much focused on U.S.-based events.

  • The Carbon Challenge - A CNBC Special Report

    Here’s a clip-and-save cheat sheet, suitable for framing or taping to your refrigerator, that will save you time—and money—as you try to crack the carbon code for yourself, your business and your investments in the months and years ahead.

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    Thousands of drivers on the nation's roads don't carry auto insurance, despite laws in all but two states requiring it.

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    Big banks are roaring back. At crisis' edge last year, they are repaying billions of dollars dumped into their vaults to rescue them. Dividend checks are accumulating at the Treasury. Taxpayers won't recoup the full sum of the government's unprecedented infusion to the financial sector, but the returns are ahead of schedule.

  • The axle that is health care reform, and around which Washington is wrapped, threatens to scuttle the Presidents domestic agenda while he frustratingly tries to reach out to foreign allies (or non allies as the case may be).