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  • President Barack Obama makes a brief appearance at the Democratic National Convention on September 5, 2012.

    Despite mixed economic signals and warnings about the country getting dropkicked into recession, consumer confidence has climbed in parallel with President Obama’s surge in the polls over Mitt Romney, The Fiscal Times reports.

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    Attorneys who represent whistleblowers have made millions as the Obama administration cracks down on corporate fraud, and are now donating heavily to the president’s re-election campaign. The New York Times reports.

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    Regardless of who wins the  election or what compromises Congress strikes in the lame-duck session to keep the economy from the "fiscal cliff," 160 million American wage earners will probably see their tax bills jump after Jan. 1, The New York Times reports.

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    Here’s a cheat sheet of which names are mentioned most often for getting three of the most important jobs that will also be up for grabs on Nov. 6.

  • Screen capture shows the second presidential debate between American president Gerald Ford and challenger governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia, San Francisco, California, October 6, 1976. Carter went on to win by a narrow margin.

    Despite the hours of practicing,  presidential debates often turn on unplanned zingers, gaffes or gestures that speak volumes. Here's a look at some of the best and worst exchanges.

  • Mitt Romney

    With their candidate fading in the polls as the debates approach, party operatives focus on tactical corrections, but fail to grasp that the basic GOP message—lower taxes, deregulation and free trade—is unappealing to voters scarred by the Great Recession and corporate abuses.

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    A potential global slowdown and a pitched battle over taxes and spending in Washington are unlikely to deter stock markets from rallying further, Wharton School finance professor Jeremy Siegel told CNBC on Monday.

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    As President Barack Obama widened his lead over Mitt Romney in polls this month, traders at hedge funds and investment firms began shooting emails to clients with a similar theme: It's time to start preparing for an Obama victory.

  • Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    As the government closes the books Sunday with a $1.1 trillion deficit for the year, budget analysts have little confidence in either Obama or Romney's plan to address the accumulating debt, now at about $16 trillion.

  • Offshore wind farm

    President Barack Obama blocked on Friday a privately owned Chinese company from building wind turbines close to a Navy military site in Oregon due to national security concerns, and the company said it would challenge the action in court.

  • Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (C) greets supporters as he enters during the final day of the Republican National Convention.

    One of the most surprising things to come out of this election cycle is how little value Mitt Romney appears to have gotten from the big money advantage he was expected to have, the Fiscal Times reports.

  • Barak Obama, Mitt Romney

    It's the great debate about the debates. President Obama and Mitt Romney go head to head  Wednesday, but do the face-offs really matter? Some experts say people are more interested in seeing a train-wreck moment  than in hearing substance.

  • Federal spending per capita: $30,318Total federal spending: $577.80 billionNumber of state residents: 19.1 millionThe state of Florida was the recipient of the most federal spending in the nation, both in total and on a per capita basis. It’s similar to second-place Louisiana in that one of the 10 prime awards it received went to the Department of Health and Human Services, and all the others went to the Department of Homeland Security.Other than the Harris Corporation, a telecommunications comp

    Using data from USASpending.gov,an OMB website, CNBC.com presents the 10 states that received the most federal dollars per capita in fiscal year 2011.

  • GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns at Exhibit Edge, a small woman-owned business in Chantilly, Virginia.

    A new poll shows that in households worth $800,000 or more, the women favor Mitt Romney for president.

  • Ballot Box

    As politicians hurl mud ahead of the election, investors might do well to ponder what “the economy, stupid” means in 2012.

  • President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    President Barack Obama leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney among likely voters in the battleground states of New Hampshire, Nevada, and North Carolina, new NBC News-Wall Street Journal polls show.

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    From the stump and on the airwaves, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney often glossed over exactly where the other stands on five major issues, the Fiscal Times reports.

  • Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during the American Legion 94th National Convention on August 29, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Romney is scheduled to accept his party's nomination on August 30.

    Mitt Romney says Americans shouldn't expect a big tax cut from him if he's elected, because the nation also has to think about how to tame out-of-control federal deficits.

  • President Barack Obama speaking on the "Buffett Rule" in Boca Raton, FL.

    A new television ad for Obama blasts Romney for his secretly recorded “47 percent” comments and points out that Romney didn’t mention all of the other taxes that Americans pay, even if they’re not paying federal income tax. But the ad, entitled “Fair Share,” does the same thing to Mitt Romney

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    With six weeks before the presidential election, investors have been dumping actively managed mutual funds and snapping up ETFs instead. In response, issuers are flooding the market with new products on an almost-daily basis, the Fiscal Times reports.

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