• Rick Santorum's Close Call     Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 7:30 AM ET

    "Mitt Romney remains the front runner, but he doesn't seem to close the deal," says Ken Duberstein, The Duberstein Group/former Reagan chief of staff. Duberstein adds that Santorum's surge could be a one-day story or could continue right through the convention; with John Podesta, Center for American Progress.

  • First Vote Reinforces GOP's Ideological Divide Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 7:29 AM ET

    The down-to-the-wire Iowa result ensured that the primary contests would be fought aggressively for additional weeks or months, according to the New York Times.

  • Mitt Romney's Victory in Iowa     Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 6:40 AM ET

    Mitt Romney's is favored to win the New Hampshire primary on January 10th. Discussing what other candidates, like Rick Santorum need to do now to boost their campaign to land them in a position to gain momentum in the race, with R. Donahue Peebles, The Peebles Corporation; Howard Dean, former Vermont governor, and Jim Nussle, OMB director.

  • Romney Beats Santorum to Take Iowa by 8 Votes Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 5:09 AM ET

    Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses by a mere eight votes over former U.S. senator Rick Santorum, a party official said on Wednesday.

  • Mitt Romney - Iowa Caucuses

    While Mitt Romney appears to have the highest likelihood of paying off as a top two finisher in the Iowa caucuses, his market value has started to decline, according to trading data in the University of Iowa's Electronic Political Futures Markets.

  • GOP Standings in Iowa     Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 1:11 PM ET

    Mitt Romney appears to be leading polls at 24%. CNBC's John Harwood has the breakdown.

  • Crazy for Caucus Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 9:34 AM ET

    It's a frenzy of kissing babies, shaking hands and final bus stops as the Republican Candidates try to woo Iowa voters before they caucus today.

  • Iowa Caucus Countdown     Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 8:00 AM ET

    Insight on how important Mitt Romney comes out on top of the Iowa caucus, and the possibility that Rick Santorum can lead tonight, with Tad Devine, Democratic strategist; Mark McKinnon, Republican strategist, and a look at the current GOP candidate standings, with CNBC's John Harwood.

  • Mitt Romney - Iowa Caucuses

    Mitt Romney, well aware of the Christian conservatives aligned against him, is devoting special attention to voters who he thinks should be natural supporters: businesspeople who appreciate his private-sector experience and his focus on the economy.

  • Arthur Laffer Endorses Newt Gingrich Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 9:55 AM ET
    Newt Gingrich

    “The purpose of economic policy is growth, jobs, and prosperity,” supply-side founder Art Laffer told me Wednesday. As such, Laffer has endorsed Newt Gingrich and the Gingrich 15 percent flat-tax plan, which includes the 12.5 percent corporate-tax reform. “It’s nothing against the other candidates,” Laffer said. “But Newt’s plan is right, and therefore endorsing him is the right thing to do.”

  • GOP Push in Iowa     Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 8:00 AM ET

    Republican candidates prepare for the Iowa Caucus, with Joe Watkins, Republican strategist, former GHW Bush White House aide and Don Baer, former Clinton White House senior adviser, who discuss whether Mitt Romney can take the nomination by winning over New Hampshire and Iowa.

  • Small Business Trends to Watch in 2012 Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 10:47 AM ET
    GOP Candidates Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney

    Today's trends become tomorrow's realities. And while trends are intriguing to learn about for their own sake, they should abe an important component of your strategic thinking and planning for your small business as you head into 2012.

  • 'Painfully' Slow US Growth in 2012: Evercore's Altman Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 11:36 AM ET

    It will be "a very complex year across the board" in 2012, with a "slow, painfully but upward, U.S. economy, slowly improving labor markets and 2 percent to 2.5 percent GDP growth, predicted Evercore Partners Chairman Roger Altman.  Overlaying this will be next year's "close and quite fascinating" presidential election.

  • GOP Candidates Contest in Iowa Caucus     Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 11:12 AM ET

    CNBC' s John Harwood has the story on Republican presidential hopefuls pushing for an edge in Iowa.

  • Virginia Primary: Was Getting on the Ballot So Hard? Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 2:23 AM ET
    Former U.S. Speaker of the House and Republican candidate for president Newt Gingrich speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 16, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry failed to collect enough signatures to get on the primary ballot in Virginia. Yes, the state has tough rules, but other candidates have managed to register, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Modernizing Attack Ads by Using Old Videos Monday, 26 Dec 2011 | 8:34 AM ET
    Former U.S. Speaker of the House and Republican candidate for president Newt Gingrich speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 16, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    It is the attack-ad technique of choice for 2012: Anything you have said or done on film will be held against you. Its prevalence has helped make the Republican primary campaign a ferociously negative contest.  The New York Times reports.

  • As the fourth quarter draws to a close, a spate of unexpectedly good economic data suggests that it will have some of the fastest and strongest economic growth since the recovery started in 2009, causing a surge in the stock market and cheering economists, investors and policy makers, The New York Times Reports.

  • Mitt Romney's Ridiculous Comparison of US to Greece Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 2:51 PM ET
    Mitt Romney

    I realize that Republicans want the United States to accumulate less debt. But there's no need to start saying crazy things like the U.S. is about to become Italy or Greece if Obama is elected for another term.

  • Results of CNBC's 2011 Winners & Losers Poll Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 12:35 PM ET
    Winners & Losers - A CNBC Special Report

    For the first time in our survey, not one newsmaker emerged a winner. See how President Obama, Bernanke, Brian Moynihan and others fared.

  • Payroll Tax Cut Debacle Harming GOP?     Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 11:00 AM ET

    The differences between the House and Senate are not huge, says Rep. Eric Cantor, (R-VA). "The Republicans in the House are standing for the working people," he adds.

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