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The U.S. Government

What Is the Government Hiding from Us?

Just what is the government hiding from us? It's a question on many people's minds, though conspiracy theorists are the ones doing the asking.

Since they know full well the government isn't going to respond with a litany of honest answers, they have to do their own research.

Here are four of the most investigated rumored cover-ups...

Washington

Crowd-Watch State of the Union 2015 for These Five Epic Moments

U.S. President Barack Obama will address the condition of the nation and outline his legislative agenda in his State of the Union 2015 on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

He will touch on a major tax overhaul, cybersecurity, and economic recovery. But serious issues aside, millions of television viewers watch the address for more than intellectual debate…

They also tune in for a little social experiment. When you round up a heavily fractioned 535 Members of Congress in one room and force them to listen to a speech from our lightning-rod President, it is nigh-guaranteed some antics will occur.

Here are the top five most entertaining things to watch for in the crowd of State of the Union 2015.

Keystone pipeline

Keystone Pipeline Vote Will Leave President Obama Nowhere to Hide

President Barack Obama will be forced to make some kind of decision on the long-delayed Keystone pipeline within the next few weeks.

A Dec. 6 runoff election for a Louisiana Senate seat pushed a Keystone pipeline vote to the top of Washington's "to do" list. Both houses are expected to approve the legislation and send it to President Obama.

At that point, the president will no longer be able to delay a decision.

And he'll feel a lot of pressure to sign a Keystone pipeline bill...

Election 2014

What the Election Results Mean for Your Money

In our Baltimore offices, yesterday's sweeping Republican electoral victories across the country were not someone else's story.

Long a Democratic stronghold, Maryland voted in just its fourth Republican governor in the last 60 years when it overwhelmingly chose to send Larry Hogan to the State House in Annapolis.

Here in the Free State that will have a clear impact on taxes, but more importantly what impact will the national victories have on the markets and your money?

We checked in with some of our experts to find out...

Politics

The Growing Threat to Capitalism

American exceptionalism, the country's qualitatively demonstrable advantage over other nations, used to be characterized by individualism.

Not to mention egalitarianism, republicanism, and populism.

All of this was supported by the government's laissez-faire approach to America's capitalist economic system.

That's all changed. And not for the better.

Now, top-down technocratic government manipulation of civil liberties, and the American economy, is pushing the nation towards the pernicious charms of socialism.

And America, investors and non-investors alike, will suffer from its impact...

IPOs

I Can't Believe the U.S. Government Wants to Unleash This on the Public

You've no doubt seen their commercials. They used to be all over the tube hawking their high-yielding certificates of deposit. Now they're all over the tube with their "no hidden fees" campaign.

Ally FinancialI like the one where the woman is afraid to try new things because she's had bad experiences before. Her mechanical dog sparks a fire when he drinks water and her trainer hooks her up to electrodes that zap her. I like these commercials; they're funny.

all the more outrageous...

Government

Seven Stupid Laws That Drive Businesses Crazy

Who writes these stupid laws?

Hundreds of ridiculous laws on the books of every state in the country routinely make life harder for businesses and their customers while serving no obvious purpose.

You're not going to believe this...

Wall Street

The Best and Worst of Wall Street 2013

Of all the things you can say about the world of finance this year, it wasn't boring.

Looking back at the best and worst of Wall Street 2013, we've had record stock market highs, hyped up IPOs, activist investors gone wild, and red-faced moments for some prominent CEOs.

Some of it was sad, most of it was entertaining, but none of it should have distracted you from making money.

We here at Money Morning have created some very special awards to commemorate some of the most striking developments of 2013.

Let's start with that unforgettable Ackman-Icahn smackdown...

Top News

General Motors (NYSE: GM) Bailout Leaves Taxpayers with $10.5 Billion Loss

Monday, the U.S. Treasury Department sold off its remaining shares in General Motors (NYSE: GM), closing a chapter of the auto industry bailout with a cringe-worthy $10.5 billion loss of taxpayer dollars.

The federal government spent $49.5 billion to save the doomed auto-making giant in 2008. It took on about 912 million GM shares (a 60% stake) in exchange for cash.

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Washington

The Full Cost of the Government Shutdown

Financial ratings agency Standard & Poor's reported this week the 16-day U.S. government shutdown costs delivered a massive $24 billion hit to the U.S. economy.

Standard & Poor's said the shutdown equaled some $1.5 billion a day and "shaved at least 0.6% off annualized fourth quarter 2013 GDP growth." Moody's Analytics reported similar numbers, saying the shutdown cost $1.4375 billion per day, for a $23 billion wallop to U.S. gross domestic product.

and why it should make you hopping mad...