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Warren Buffett Watch

Alex Crippen

Senior Coordinating Producer

Alex Crippen is senior coordinating producer at CNBC.com. He started with CNBC television in 1990. Crippen began his media career in affiliate TV and news radio. He holds a degree in economics from Wesleyan University.

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    This is a transcript and video clip of the first part of Warren Buffett's live interview this morning on Squawk on the Street with CNBC's Becky Quick, in which he talks about the Federal Reserve, the U.S. dollar, the economy, and how his retail businesses are doing this holiday season.   A transcript from the rest of the interview will also be posted here on Warren Buffett Watch.  

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    Warren Buffett will be appearing live three times on CNBC and CNBC.com Tuesday in connection with the fund-raiser he's hosting in San Francisco for Hillary Clinton's presidential bid.   The first live interview on CNBC is scheduled for 10:15a ET, with a joint Buffett-Clinton interview planned for late in the afternoon.  The fund-raiser itself will be streamed live on CNBC.com

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    Warren Buffett did a taped interview in San Francisco with CNBC's Becky Quick last night. Buffett is in that city for today's fund-raiser on behalf of Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential bid.  Becky showed some excerpts from her taped chat on Squawk Box earlier today.  In this clip, she asks for Buffett's thoughts on today's upcoming Federal Reserve decision on interest rates.

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    In this video clip from a "First on CNBC" taped interview with Warren Buffett, the billionaire rejects suggestions from critics that his support of the nation's estate tax is hypocritical because he is sheltering his own enormous wealth by giving it to charity.

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    In a live interview with CNBC's Becky Quick a few minutes ago on Squawk on the Street, Warren Buffett predicted "enormous divergence" ahead in the stock performance for financial companies.  In response to a question about whether financials might be the best-performing stock sector next year, Buffett advised against buying financials as a group.  He said some will do well but others have done some "really dumb things." 

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    Warren Buffett hosted a fund-raiser today in San Francisco for Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Here's a video excerpt.

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    In a live interview this afternoon on CNBC with Hillary Clinton standing by his side, Warren Buffett again warned that the U.S. could fall into recession, if unemployment increases significantly.  But he said he's not sure that will happen and he's been surprised that the employment market has held up as well as it has so far.

  • CNBC's Charlie Gasparino reports this afternoon that Warren Buffett may be called to testify by at least one of the defendants in the upcoming AIG fraud trial. We learned earlier this week in a court filing that the prosecution plans to ask Buffett to the witness stand. That means there's a possibility (not a certainty by any means) that both sides may be looking to Buffett to testify in the case.

  • A TXU sign is shown in downtown Dallas, Monday Feb. 26, 2007.  TXU Corp., Texas' largest electricity producer, said it has agreed to be sold to a group of private-equity firms for about $32 billion in what would be the largest private buyout in U.S. corporate history if shareholders and regulators go along. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    CNBC Squawk-Box co-anchor Becky Quick scored a scoop early this morning with her 'First on CNBC' report that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is paying $2.1 billion dollars to Goldman Sachs for some high-yielding TXU bonds.  But don't think the purchase means Buffett likes junk bonds in general.

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    PART TWO: CNBC's Becky Quick traveled to Omaha, Nebraska recently to shoot additional material for her one-hour special focusing on Warren Buffett's whirlwind tour of Asia.  While she was there, Buffett gave Becky an on-camera tour of the Berkshire Hathaway offices. He talked about some of the mementos he's collected and their personal significance to him, and to his investing style. Here on Warren Buffett Watch, you can see the entire walk-and-talk with Buffett and Becky.  This is the second part of that conversation.