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Why M&A Is Back, for Now

What's behind the new urge to merge? The November election, for starters

Despite a credit crunch and recession worries, the dealmakers have returned to Wall Street.

Their current run includes Microsoft's (MSFT) $44 billion bid for Yahoo! (YHOO). Major U.S. air carriers are reportedly talking about mega-mergers. And a wave of smaller deals has hit the headlines, including Reed Elsevier's (RUK) $4 billion buyout of ChoicePoint (CPS).