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Rajat Gupta Sentenced To Prison For Insider Trading

Rajat Gupta, a man who operated at the top levels of American business, was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday. He was convicted of insider trading in a case that grew out of the prosecution of hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, who is now in prison.
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Could There Be A Tie In The Electoral College?

When all the advertising and polling and debates and appearances are finished and votes have been cast, only one thing matters in the presidential race — the tally of the electoral college.
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U.S. Sues Bank Of America For Mortgage Fraud

The government sued Bank of America on Wednesday, claiming it stuck taxpayers with losses by intentionally selling dodgy home loans to the government-backed mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The civil suit, filed by the U.S. attorney in New York, seeks at least $1 billion in damages. The government says Countrywide Financial, a mortgage lender acquired by Bank of America in 2008, had a system called "the hustle" that skirted quality control to quickly sell defective mortgages to Fannie and Freddie.
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Obama Pushes Early Voting On Swing State Tour

President Obama campaigned in Iowa, Colorado, Nevada and California on Wednesday.
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Obama Campaign Invokes '537' To Get Out The Vote

An Obama campaign ad airing in swing states referencing the 2000 Florida recount uses memorable images of the days following the election to encourage supporters to vote. It calls 537 "the number of votes that changed the course of American history."
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Political Memes: Fast, Cheap And Out Of Control?

This year's presidential debates may be remembered as much for what the candidates said as for those witty Internet memes that followed. Experts say the rise of the political meme largely blindsided the campaigns.
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Florida Republican Rep. David Rivera Charged In Ethics Probe

Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., was charged Wednesday by Florida authorities with alleged ethics violations while he was in the state Legislature, perhaps imperiling his bid for re-election to the House in an already tight contest.
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Mortgage Interest Deduction Could Be In Play

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney have suggested ways to scale back the deduction's value for wealthy taxpayers. It's one of the keys to helping reduce the federal budget deficit, but the real estate industry says the housing market is too fragile to eliminate the tax break altogether.
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Here's The List: 63 Barnes & Noble Stores Where Crooks Hacked PIN Pads

If you shopped recently at those stores and used a credit or debit card there's a chance that thieves got hold of data about about your accounts and your PIN number. Check the list.
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Same-Sex Wedding Video Goes Viral

Weddings are supposed to be filled with joy and excitement, but Artie Goldstein had mixed emotions when his daughter, Jill, got engaged to another woman. His trip to the wedding became a video journey that father and daughter wanted to share with the world. Host Michel Martin finds out how this personal moment became an internet sensation.

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