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  • Dateline NBC aired portions tonight (Sunday) of an interview with Warren Buffett by Tom Brokaw. Buffett tells Brokaw that Barack Obama is the right "commander in chief for the economy" but warns that no one should expect a "miracle" turnaround in the next few months. The two men also covered many other topics, including Obama's leadership style, excessive executive compensation, the challenges facing Detroit's automakers, China, and the role of greed in good times and bad. This is the complete transcript of that interview, as provided by NBC News.

  • Clock Is Ticking for GM, Chrysler Monday, 19 Jan 2009 | 9:44 AM ET
    GM logo, General Motors logo

    Less than a month from today, GM and Chrysler will have to give the federal government an update on how they are doing in restructuring their companies.

  • Hitting The Brakes, Again. Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | 11:11 AM ET
    GM logo, General Motors logo

    If you thought the auto industry and economy might be close to bottoming out and getting some traction, think again. The world's two largest auto makers are sending fresh signs that things will remain as bad, if not worse in 2009.

  • Congress And Its Cash For Clunkers Bill Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | 10:25 AM ET
    Gas-guzzlers

    If there was ever a time to take the plunge and by that new, or at least newer car, this could be it. Congress is considering a "Cash for Clunkers" bill and in my opinion this is the ultimate win/win for buyers, dealers, and the auto makers.

  • Chrysler's Quarter In The Rumor Mill Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 9:20 AM ET
    Chrysler

    What do you think will happen to Chrysler? That question was flying around the Detroit Auto Show this weekend, and trust me, some of the predictions I heard in Detroit were doozies.

  • Three Cars Worth Following At Detroit Auto Show Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 4:27 PM ET
    Cadillac Converj Concept

    I get the same question every year at the Detroit Auto Show: What was your favorite new car? My answer is almost always a model with an aggressive design and often it's a concept. This year, the Cadillac Converj stole my heart.

  • Can Technology Save the Auto Industry? Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 3:21 PM ET

    We take a look at some of the newest advancements debuting at the Detroit Auto Show.

  • Auto Ads: What Are The Big Three To Do? Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 3:20 PM ET
    The Big Three

    The auto show is under way in Detroit. But this year it's about far more than just having good-looking models and high mileage. The auto industry faces an even bigger battle with perception.

  • More and more seemingly law-abiding citizens are torching their cars, reporting them stolen and filing insurance claims. And it's affecting all of us.

  • AutoNation CEO: Gas Tax a Must To Sell Electric Cars Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 1:22 PM ET

    The automobile industry may be rolling out electric cars in attempt to save their companies, but consumers have no incentive to buy the cars if an energy policy and a gas tax are not implemented soon, said Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation.

  • Web Extra: More Breakthrough Auto Features Monday, 12 Jan 2009 | 10:23 PM ET

    Lauren Fix discusses the newest tech features being unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show.

  • The Big Buzz From Auto Show Monday, 12 Jan 2009 | 6:21 PM ET

    New cars are front and center at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. But one car in particular is generating some real buzz.

  • China's BYD Auto's e6 all-electric automobile made its U.S. debut today, with an assist from the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary MidAmerican Energy Holdings.  Check out our video from the Detroit Auto Show.

  • Let The Hybrid/Electric Car Wars Begin Monday, 12 Jan 2009 | 9:56 AM ET
    2010 Fusion Hybrid

    At an auto show that lacks "buzz", there are a couple of battles taking shape. Both of them could have major implications as to what we will be driving for years to come.

  • Detroit Auto Show Stocks Monday, 12 Jan 2009 | 9:26 AM ET

    Tanking sales and gloom hang over Detroit as its annual auto show begins this week.  Maybe the worst is behind it, as GM and Ford are up 26% and 15% YTD respectively.

  • Confidence is the Key for Automakers: CEOs Monday, 12 Jan 2009 | 7:39 AM ET
    GM auto dealership with sign.

    Top executives at Ford Motor and General Motors stressed that the fortunes of automakers will depend on a turnaround in the economy and consumer confidence in particular.

  • US Carmakers Tout New Products at Detroit Autoshow Sunday, 11 Jan 2009 | 7:17 PM ET

    Just weeks after ending a year marked by dismal sales and a federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, U.S. automakers Sunday touted new products with a focus on fuel efficiency that they say will help ensure that their cars and trucks will roll off assembly lines for years to come.

  • Calvin, Cars, California And Your Emails Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 3:29 PM ET
    Calvin & Hobbes

    Calvin & Hobbes, like "Peanuts" or "The Simpsons" or "I Love Lucy", has a certain timelessness. Fifteen years later, a particular C&H classic is making the rounds on the internet.

  • Yes Virginia—The Electric Car Is Coming Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 10:25 AM ET
    Chevy Volt

    As I have spent the last two weeks preparing for the Detroit Auto Show, which starts this Sunday, it's become clearer than ever to me the electric car is coming and coming fast.

  • Car Buyers May Buy American! Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 1:03 PM ET

    Last month I got a lot of email after pondering what it might take to get me to buy an American car. I suggested that Detroit needed to come up with some sort of marketing campaign to convince me it's the cool, hip, right thing to do.