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The 10 Best States to Retire In Now

Ask anyone to name the states U.S. retirees are most drawn to, and they'll likely fire off a list of coastal sun magnets. But as today's seniors look toward retirement with nest eggs battered by the recession, more factors than climate will go into their next choice of zip code.

Would Democracy Work Better If You Could Buy More Votes?

In Tuesday's election, millions of eligible voters didn't care enough to vote. Millions more were so energized they'd have voted twice if they could. So why not let them? University of Chicago economics professor Glen Weyl thinks letting people buy extra votes could be good for democracy, and our budget issues, too.

What Obama's Second Term Will Mean for Your Personal Economy

Barack Obama has been re-elected as the president of the United States. A nail-bitingly close election, with the economy consistently being named as the top issue, has been decided. Here are a few things to keep in mind for the days to come.

Election 2012, As Seen From a Poll Worker's Seat

Usually, reporter Bruce Watson covers events like today's election from a journalistic distance. This time, he'll be a bit more hands-on, as a first-time poll worker. To do so, he'll be balancing two agendas: Making sure that everybody who wants to vote is able to, and making sure that every vote is legitimate.

5 Ways the Election Results May Affect Your Retirement

Whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins this election, it's going to impact a host of things beyond those the political ads have been focusing on -- among them, your retirement. Here are the five biggest the next president could make your golden years more -- or less -- secure.

Goodbye, Payroll Tax Holiday; Hello, Tax Hike for the 47%

Even if you're part of the 47% who don't pay federal income taxes, you probably do pay payroll taxes. A few years ago, President Obama and his allies in Congress cut you a break to ease the pain of the recession: a 2 percentage point payroll tax holiday. Well, the holiday is over.

The 11 Costliest Hurricanes in U.S. History

When Sandy struck New York City and other major East Coast population centers, it immediately vaulted onto the list of the most expensive storms in U.S. history. Repairing the damage will ultimately cost tens of billions of dollars. Here's how Sandy stacks up to other devastating Atlantic storms.

Pop Quiz: Who Is Living America's Middle-Class Dream?

America's middle class has gotten a lot of attention in the 2012 election, but what, exactly, does "middle class" mean? If you've ever wondered -- and wondered whether or not you're a member of it -- take a peek at our middle-class quiz.

Sandy Reminds Us What Election Is About: 2 Very Different Visions

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is doing much of the heavy lifting in the clean up and relief efforts from Hurricane Sandy. But FEMA's also on the front lines for Republican budget cuts. Which puts a key question of next week's election into sharp focus: What kind of federal government does America want?

Election Home Stretch: 5 Things to Watch for Before Nov. 6

With less than a week to go before Election Day, there are usually a few clear indicators that one candidate has momentum, some idea of how the remaining undecided voters are going to break. It was obvious in 2008. Between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in 2012, that's just not the case.

Election Outlook: Will Americans Vote for Hope and P.F. Chang's?

Just a couple of months ago, DailyFinance introduced you to a new, somewhat off-the-wall, gauge of presidential-electoral success: The "Restaurant Sales" index. At the time, it showed Mitt Romney in better shape the Barack Obama. Here's what it reveals now.

Would You Pay $11 to Save Every Endangered Species on Earth?

Opponents of the Endangered Species Act don't argue against it because they have something against gorillas -- it's because, they say, the cost in lost jobs and higher taxes seems too high. But a study recently published in the journal Science suggests it's much lower than you'd guess.

Postal Service Keeps Delivering Mail Through Hurricane Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy began tearing up the East Coast, thousands evacuated their homes, schools closed, and millions of businesses and government offices told their workers to stay home. But a few employers did not: the Supreme Court, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Home Depot, Lowe's, and the U.S. Postal Service.

Walmart Faces Lawsuit Over Unpaid Overtime as Strike Threats Grow

A new lawsuit accuses Walmart and two staffing agencies of requiring temporary employees to show up early for work, stay late, and work through lunch. The proposed class action, filed on Monday in federal court, alleged the world's largest retailer and the agencies violated minimum wage and overtime laws.

Obamacare Taxes: How the Changes Will Impact Your Income

Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act, has created its share of controversy among both supporters and opponents. Expect the arguments to get even louder once taxpayers start having to pay for it. In a couple of months, two tax increases tied to the health care reform law will take effect.

The Obama Romney Debate: Who Won, and What That Means

Let's not sugarcoat it, President Obama won Monday's debate decisively -- at least on the topic of the evening, foreign policy. That's good news for Obama and bad news for Romney. But there's good news for Romney too.

Obama-Romney, the Final Round: 5 Things to Watch for Tonight

After two dramatic debates, in a tight race, we have come to this -- one final showdown that may decide who becomes the next president. In theory, it'll all be about foreign policy. In reality, it's about something much bigger. It's about leadership and decision-making ... and, as always, the economy.

Planning for Trouble: Money and Estate Tips for Every Age

Many people put off doing estate planning on the grounds that it's too complicated. But it's not that difficult, and the right moves can save both you and your family a lot of trouble down the road. Here are a few things to keep in mind for the various stages of your life.

Obama vs. Romney, Round 2: What to Watch for at the Town Hall

The first debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama accomplished what few debates have: a dynamic change in the race. Debate No. 2 has the potential to change it all again. And in a town hall format, with real people asking the questions, surprises are virtually guaranteed. That said, here are five things to watch for.

CNNMoney's 25 Best Places to Retire

Whether you dream of retiring to a big city, small town, resort area or college town, these great places offer reasonably priced homes, low crime and tax rates, quality health care, and more.

Hillary Clinton Wants to Tax the Rich -- Here, There and Everywhere

Last month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that elites the world over are under-taxed, and that governments everywhere should change that. Most commentators just assumed she was trying to export the "tax the rich" meme. But what if she's really trying to avoid exporting the rich?

Debate Fact Check on Jobs: Who Told The Truth and Who Didn't

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney offered viewers a blizzard of facts and figures Wednesday night, but not all of those "facts" were entirely accurate. Since employment is issue No. 1 for the American people right now, AOL Jobs has fact-checked the candidates' claims.

Undecided Voters: Round One Goes to Romney

Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis and GOP pollster Frank Luntz don't agree on much, but reality is reality. Gov. Romney won the debate. No way to deny it or spin it: It was the moment the Romney campaign was looking for -- a decisive victory that could change the narrative.

Five Things to Look for During the Presidential Debate

Make no mistake about it: come Thursday morning, there will be a winner. If Romney wins, he will change the narrative of this election and give his flagging campaign some much-needed energy. If Obama wins, he has all but sealed up his re-election. If it is a draw, Obama wins because with so little time remaining Romney needed to do more than draw even.

Presidential Debate Preview: What They'll Say About Taxes

In Wednesday's much-hyped debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, few topics will loom larger than taxes -- a subject about which the two parties and their standard-bearers are fundamentally, philosophically divided. Here's what you're likely to hear.

Safety Net Success Stories: Four Former 47%-ers Speak Out

On the heels of a leaked videotape in which GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke harshly of those who pay no federal income tax, some now-successful Americans have been stepping up publicly to answer this question in the affirmative.

Presidential Debate Preview: What They'll Say About Obamacare

Wednesday's first presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama is being hyped as an epic battle: More likely, it'll be a highly scripted rehash of well-worn talking points. But if real drama does occurs, one likely flashpoint will be health care reform.

Economists Reluctantly Pick Romney

A bare majority of economists surveyed by CNNMoney think Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would be better for the economy than President Obama. But on the whole, the economists weren't very enthusiastic about either of them.