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Pope Benedict XVI: 5 Ways He Was Also an Economic Shepherd

Pope Benedict XVI was a moral and religious leader, but there's also a fiscal side to his legacy: He endorsed several positions that could affect the personal finances of millions of people. Here are five ways his papacy may impact our lives and pocketbooks.

U.S. Stock Markets Closed on Presidents Day

The global economy is a perpetual motion machine, but U.S. stock markets do take breaks: In addition to the weekends, there are nine holidays on which the stock exchange is shuttered. Here's the list for 2013, as well as the surprising history of Presidents Day.

Obama's SOTU Economic Pitch: This Time, It's Personal

In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Obama turned that old feminist rallying cry that "the personal is political" on its ear with a long list of proposals that argued that the personal is economic -- and the economic is political.

State of the Union: How Obama Will Use His Bully Pulpit

President Obama has a lot to cover in tonight's State of the Union, from guns to global warming to trade to jobs. But it'll be the economy that gets the most attention, and that's a battleground where he's been on a roll lately.

Obama to Order National Defense Against Cyber Attacks Beefed Up

Cyber attacks have hit a host of major U.S. companies and government agencies in recent months, an issue President Obama may address in his State of the Union Tuesday -- and then in an executive order aimed at improving our defenses against them on Wednesday.

Here's Why Gun Control Keeps Failing: Influence vs. Stamina

Recently, Appinions, an influence marketing company, released an infographic that helps explain the mechanics of the gun debate -- most notably, how the focus and devotion of the pro-gun lobby consistently trump the efforts of gun control advocates. Take a peek:

These Are Most and Least Charitable States - but Why?

Earlier this month, Mint.com published a map of the most and least generous states when it comes to charity. Since then, personal finance writers have struggled to find a pattern to explain why some states give so much more to the less fortunate than others.

Obama Agenda Will Confront GOP On Debt

Deficit spending got just a single mention in President Obama's inaugural address. But the outcome of the the long-running conflict with Republicans over his tax-and-spend policies will help shape the government's role in coming years, not to mention Obama's legacy.

Surviving an IRS Audit: Your 5-Point Guide

If you're unlucky enough to get audited by the IRS, hiring a tax professional to help you get through the process is your best bet. But if you can't afford to bring in a pro, here are some tips that will you help you survive your audit.

Gun Ban Could Actually Be a Boon for Weapons Manufacturers

On Saturday, a coalition of "gun rights and conservative groups" will hold America's first nationwide "Gun Appreciation Day." But guess who isn't coming to the party: Gun manufacturers. And they may have millions of reasons not to protest stricter regulation of their products.

President Obama's Gun Control Proposals at a Glance

On Wednesday, President Obama unveiled his proposals for curbing gun violence in America. Some would require new laws, but the heart of his multi-pronged gun control plan lies in 23 executive orders that he has already issued. Here's the full list:

NRA Puts Its Mouth Where Its Money Is With Ad Targeting Obama Kids

The NRA's latest PR push for the idea that the cure for gun violence is more guns is an ad that calls out President Obama's "hypocrisy" for having armed guards protect his kids -- but not yours. And if that seems a bit disingenuous to you, remember: They have a lot of money riding on this fight.

Gun Maker Claims BofA Withheld Money Over Online Weapon Sales

In the wake of December's Sandy Hook school shootings, the debate over America's gun policy has come to a full boil. And, according to American Spirit Arms, an Arizona gun manufacturer, it has even caused one of the country's biggest banks to take matters into its own hands.

Night of the Living Debt Ceiling: The Fiscal Horror That Is to Come

Last week's fiscal cliff deal did much to resolve the dark specter of economic uncertainty in America. However, it was only the first of three fiscal crises set to hit before March. Next on deck, another sequestration battle; and then the biggie: "Debt Ceiling 2: The Tea Party Strikes Back."

Secretary of Scribble: Is Jack Lew About to Doodle on Your Dollars?

Because President Barack Obama intends to tap Jack Lew to replace Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, your money might soon start looking a little goofy. If confirmed to head the Treasury, Lew will get to add his unusually squiggly signature to all newly printed greenbacks.

Will Tax Refunds Go Out on Time? Late AMT Fix Has IRS Scrambling

The fiscal cliff compromise has been signed, clearing up a host of questions about taxes for the near future, and the year that just ended. But the long wait for answers left the IRS in limbo, and that may mean millions of refund checks will be delayed too.

Fiscal Cliff Averted: 6 Things You Can Stop Worrying About

After months of lead-up, America finally went over the fiscal cliff -- for about 34 hours, before a bipartisan compromise was reached. So, with an eye toward the bright side, here's are six things that you no longer need to worry about now that the fiscal cliff has been averted.