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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.

Pop Quiz: Who's Funding Obama and Romney?

Major corporations are pouring a lot of money into political campaigns this year: The stores you shop in, the shoes you wear, and even the movies you watch may be helping to elect your next president. But which brands, and for which candidate? Take our quiz and find out!

The Surprising Facts About Mitt's 47% Who Pay No Income Tax

Mitt Romney has been taking some flak for saying the he's not going to try to win votes among the 47% of the populace that pays no federal income tax -- nor try to convince them to "take personal responsibility and care for their lives." But he should look more closely at who's in that group.

Economy by the Numbers: Are We Better Off Than We Were in 2008?

This fall, as Americans prepare to mark their ballots, Republicans are hoping that voters' minds will be focused on one (and only one) simple question: Are you better off today than you were four years ago? Unfortunately for the GOP, the answer isn't quite as clear as they'd like.

IRS to GOP: We Won't Be Enforcers of the Health Insurance Mandate

The IRS assured GOP lawmakers Tuesday that agents would play no role in enforcing the requirement that Americans buy insurance under President Obama's health care overhaul. "IRS revenue agents will not be involved. There will not be audits," IRS Deputy Commissioner Steven Miller said.

Does Rising Economic Confidence Spell Trouble for Romney?

A boost in confidence in the U.S. economy could be bad news for Mitt Romney's presidential bid. Though Romney's campaign has tried to paint the Obama presidency as unsuccessful at boosting the economy, The U.S. Gallup Economic Confidence Index surged after the DNC.

Where Bake Sales Meet Daily Deals: Welcome to Schoola.com

Here's one trend: School budgets are getting sliced year after year, leaving parents and PTAs struggling fill in the gaps. Here's another: Groupon-style daily deal sites are still extremely popular. Enter Schoola, a startup that funnels profits from discount deals straight into classrooms.

Bain Closes U.S. Plant, Makes Workers Train Chinese Replacements

In another example of how Mitt Romney's Bain Capital creates jobs, we learn that Bain has for months been dismantling and shipping to China a Freeport, Ill., car parts plant -- and requiring the soon to be laid-off U.S. workers to personally train their Chinese replacements.

How Paul Ryan's Budget Plan Would Affect the Average Family

Republicans in Congress already love Paul Ryan's budget proposals, and now that he's on the presidential ticket, we can expect his fiscal ideas to hold even more sway in a Romney administration. So how would his proposals affect the average U.S. family? Would you be better off in a Romney-Ryan America?

As the Gun Control Debate Heats Up, So Will This Stock

The Aurora, Colo., theater shooting re-energized the national argument on gun control. And whenever that happens, regardless of right, wrong, or the chance of a real national policy shift, gun sales tend to rise in the near term. And that presents an investing opportunity.

What the 'Fiscal Cliff' Will Mean for You

The economy is rumbling along, out of control. Straight ahead, the road abruptly ends, yet the horses show no signs of slowing. Next stop: the fiscal cliff! Here's how the looming crisis will affect the average American family.

Two Heads Were Not Better Than One for Arizona Counterfeiter

Counterfeiting is a detail-oriented art, but one Arizona man who attempted it wasn't quite scrupulous enough about his fake bills: He attempted to pass a forged $100 bill with a picture-perfect image of Benjamin Franklin -- but a watermark of Abraham Lincoln.

3 College Finance Tips for Scared Students (and Their Parents)

More than 80% of parents of 16- to 18-year-olds believe college is important to their child's future -- and a similar number are worried about how to pay for it. Here are a few tips that could make solving the college financing puzzle a little easier.

Texas Pit Bull Rescue Scandal: Where Did All the Money Go?

For nearly 30 years, Leah Purcell ran the Spindletop Refuge for pit bulls in Willis, Texas. Last week, state workers found hundreds of dogs living in inhumane conditions there. The dogs have been removed, but the question remains: Spindletop took in an estimated $861,000 a year. Where did all that money go?

5 Obamacare 'Myths' That Are (at Least Partly) True

Last week, DailyFinance explored several myths about how the health care reform law will effect average Americans -- myths that had little basis in fact. But these five rumors about the PPACA do contain at least a grain of truth, and they may hit your pocketbook.

Pop Quiz! Who's Winning the Tax Game (and By How Much)?

To get a handle on our nation's economic problems, it helps to start with the facts. But not all of them are as obvious as you'd think, so we're compiling some of the most surprising for our readers. Think you know all the answers? Take our quiz and see.

The 5 Biggest Obamacare Myths Detailed and Debunked

After Bruce Watson's recent article explaining how Obamacare would effect an average family ran on DailyFinance, his e-mail inbox filled up with questions from readers -- and most revolved around five specific myths about the law.

The Recession's Unexpected Gift: Reviving Multigenerational Living

Living in multigenerational households isn't a new phenomenon: It was the norm for centuries, and in much of the world, it still is. But the financial pains of the Great Recession are pushing more of us back into into such homes -- and that could be an excellent thing.

Why N.J. Drivers Should Be Seeing Red Over Red-Light Cameras

Red light cameras were created to improve driver safety. They don't. What they do is bring in money by the bucketful for the towns that install them. But in New Jersey, most towns have been told to stop using them -- and you won't believe why.

Are Some College Trustees Abusing Their Trust for Profit?

Ever wonder why college is so expensive, or why schools' big endowments aren't bearing more of the burden? Well, past of the problem may be that the trustees investing those endowment funds are taking better care of themselves than they are of their schools' money.