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Jan 2, 2013 10:35AM on InvestingBy Jonathan Berr

Think the fiscal cliff crisis was nasty? The political infighting over the debt ceiling and the budget could be just as bad, if not worse.

Dec 31, 2012 6:17PM on InvestingBy Kim Peterson

Just as it seemed Congress would close up shop for the year with no deal in place, the Senate reaches an interim agreement.

Dec 31, 2012 1:16AM on InvestingBy Bruce Kennedy

Americans watch in disappointment as Congress appears to let any chance of a last-minute deal slip away. 'They've got to settle this,' 1 person says.

Dec 28, 2012 6:26PM on InvestingBy Charley Blaine

After falling 158 points, the Dow ends below 13,000 for the first time since November. Talks between President Obama and GOP leaders are tense. Markets next week could be volatile.

Dec 28, 2012 2:12PM on InvestingBy Bruce Kennedy

Prices at the pump have been dropping for months. Industry analysts are trying to gauge future movement, but say the 'fiscal cliff' could be a determining factor.

Dec 27, 2012 1:46PM on InvestingBy Charley Blaine

The Dow ends down 18 points after falling as many as 151. The catalyst: News that the House will meet Sunday to discuss the fiscal cliff dispute. Apple leads the rebound. Jobless claims fall, but consumer confidence sags.

Dec 21, 2012 5:30PM on InvestingBy Kim Peterson

The pro-gun lobby suggests placing armed security guards in every American school. The idea was dismissed by many, however, and didn't seem to gain much policital support.

Dec 21, 2012 4:39PM on InvestingBy Charley Blaine

Stocks tumble as Republicans balk at House Speaker Boehner's tax bill. But things could have been worse. Nike jumps on strong North American business. Trading ends early Monday, and markets are closed Tuesday for Christmas.

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