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December 10, 2010

Sell Bonds, Buy Stocks By Lawrence Kudlow

For once, top Obama economic advisor Larry Summers got it right. Warning opponents of the big tax-cut deal, Summers told reporters, "Failure to pass this bill in the next couple weeks would materially increase the risk that the economy would stall out and we would have a double-dip recession."

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December 4, 2010

Shock Therapy for Jobs By Lawrence Kudlow

Unemployment jumped to 9.8 percent in a very disappointing November jobs report. Non-farm payrolls increased by only 39,000, and private jobs expanded by just 50,000. This is way below what the economy needs.

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November 12, 2010

The World Against Bernanke By Lawrence Kudlow

The great Bernanke QE2 debate continues to heat up. In the run-up to the G-20 meetings, China, Russia, Germany and others have all come out against the Federal Reserve's quantitative-easing agenda. They don't want hot-money excess dollars to flow into their higher-yielding currencies.

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November 4, 2010

Stopping the Bad Stuff Is a Plus by Lawrence Kudlow

Momentous events this week -- the Republican House sweep and the Fed's QE2 -- moved the stock market needle only a little over Tuesday and Wednesday, although the net impact was a gain of about 90 points.

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October 30, 2010

The Final Nail in the Democrats' Coffin By Lawrence Kudlow

On the eve of the midterm elections, a third-quarter gross domestic product report showing a meager 2 percent growth rate is the final nail in the Obama Democrats' political coffin.

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October 22, 2010

Tim Geithner, Dollar Protector? By Lawrence Kudlow

The falling dollar is on most everybody's mind, especially in financial markets here at home and globally. A currency war? World protectionism? Race to the bottom?

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October 14, 2010

Obama the Alien By Lawrence Kudlow

Believe it or not, with jobs falling for four consecutive months and unemployment stubbornly high near 10 percent, President Obama is out on the campaign trail bashing businesses and promoting class warfare. Huh? (Oh my gosh is he off message.

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October 8, 2010

Stocks Gallup Higher By Lawrence Kudlow

Could it have been the new Gallup poll that drove stocks up almost 200 points on Tuesday? That blockbuster survey, regarded by many as the blue-chip gold standard for election forecasting, pointed to an unprecedented Republican landslide tsunami in the generic congressional race.

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October 2, 2010

A Hug Too Far By Lawrence Kudlow

Am I the only one who saw weakness when President Obama and his departing chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, gave each other big, fat, full-bore hug following their speeches at the resignation event in the White House's East Room on Friday?

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September 29, 2010

TARP Again? by Lawrence Kudlow

President Obama is crowing about his small-business bill, signed into law on Monday.

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September 25, 2010

Destroying King Dollar Is Not the Solution -- Pro-Growth Fiscal Action Is By Lawrence Kudlow

Fed head Ben Bernanke and the FOMC dropped a new policy bomb at their meeting this week. Now they say inflation is too low. That's the real problem. And the solution? Punch up the money supply and punch down the dollar -- or what I used to call King Dollar. No more.

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September 18, 2010

A Bullish Tea-Party Revolt By Lawrence Kudlow

This past week, I gave a speech to a group of investors. The organizer of the event e-mailed me the night before, asking that I please try to be optimistic. Well, that's my usual habitat. But optimism has been hard for me this year. Our muddle-through economy and lackluster stock market, challenged by so many taxing, spending and regulating problems coming out of Washington, are the reasons why.

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September 11, 2010

Bashing Bush and Boehner Won’t Work By Lawrence Kudlow

Under pressure from a barrage of bad midterm-election polls, President Obama has gone on the campaign trail to blame Pres. George W. Bush for all our economic problems, and to bash House Republican leader John Boehner as nothing more than a Bush retread.

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September 7, 2010

Obama Gets Write-Offs Right by Lawrence Kudlow

It’s all midterm-election politics, but Obama’s last-minute idea for 100 percent tax write-offs for corporate investment is, in fact, a good idea.

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September 3, 2010

The Business of America Is Business By Lawrence Kudlow

Corporate profits are at all-time highs, and bond rates in the Treasury market are virtually at record lows. That's a good combination for stocks, and it helped trigger a 255 point rally in Wednesday's trading. What's more, a surprisingly positive read on the ISM August manufacturing report delivered a strong blow to the double-dip recession pessimism that has plagued investors for many months.

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August 30, 2010

Boehner's Pro-Growth Message by Lawrence Kudlow

It's a bit too early for House Republican leader John Boehner to measure the drapes and pick out new wallpaper.

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August 21, 2010

Barney Frank Comes Home to the Facts By Lawrence Kudlow

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? In politics, the answer is usually no. Most elected officials cling to their ideological biases, despite the real-world facts that disprove their theories time and again. Most have no common sense, and most never acknowledge that they were wrong.

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August 17, 2010

Lessons of the Summer Swoon by Lawrence Kudlow

The economy is suffering from something like a summer swoon. In the words of business columnist Jimmy Pethokoukis, the recovery summer has gone bust. We all know this from the sloppy statistics coming in for jobs, retail sales and, most recently, manufacturing. But market-based indicators are telling the same story.

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August 8, 2010

A Democratic Panic Attack? By Lawrence Kudlow

With the disappointingly soft jobs report for July and a faltering recovery overall, is Team Obama getting ready for some sort of new, liberal-left, Keynesian, big-bang stimulus package? Will it be desperate to "do something"?

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August 7, 2010

The Washington War on Investment By Lawrence Kudlow

   Will higher tax penalties on investment really spur jobs and faster economic growth? Most commentators would say no. It's really a matter of economic common sense. But Tim Geithner says, Yes!