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  • The Great Spending Debate  Friday, 16 Sep 2011 | 7:50 PM ET

    Debating whether "shovel ready' infrastructure spending creates jobs, with Steve Moore, "Return to Prosperity" author, and Mort Zuckerman, New York Daily News publisher.

  • Don't Judge China on Phantom Facts Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 8:56 PM ET
    Rail attendants pose with the Chinese high-speed trains at a station in Shanghai on October 26, 2010, prior to the launch of the Shanghai to Hangzhou line. China's latest new high-speed passenger rail line went into service, halving travel time to 45 minutes between Shanghai and the eastern lake city of Hangzhou, officials said. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    There are a lot of doomsday scenarios about China’s economy floating around these days and oddly, a number of them are focusing on infrastructure spending and rising local debt rather than the real threat of rampant inflation.

  • There are some interesting changes among the ranks of America’s Top—and bottom—States for Business. Accordingly, we’ve adjusted the categories. Here is the updated methodology:

  • Moving Up The Rankings of Top States For Business Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 4:37 PM ET

    Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania can all make a good case for most-improved status, but, as usual, it depends on what metric you value the most.

  • The Old Dominion State returns as America’s Top State for Business in 2011, and we’re starting to detect a pattern here.

  • America's Top States for Business 2011 - A CNBC Special Report

    Following two years on top in 2008, and 2010, Texas is back at No. 2

  • Top State Countdown: North Carolina  Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 1:24 PM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reveals North Carolina scored high points for workforce, infrastructure, and low taxes, making it a perennial contender for top state.

  • America's Top States for Business - A CNBC Special Report Preview

    We hope our fifth annual report on the states is the most comprehensive. We certainly have the highest quality data with the vast resources of the 2010 U.S. Census augmenting our exclusive recipe.

  • KKR Looks at Post-Nuclear Future Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 | 1:47 AM ET

    The end of Europe's love affair with nuclear energy provides fertile ground for the development of other renewable sources of power, according to the head of European infrastructure at private equity house Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), which has just completed a major deal in the sector.

  • Open sign in window

    When states make their pitches to companies, those pitches invariably include selling points that will somehow be paid for by taxpayers. Business incentives, quality education, strong infrastructure—none of that is free.

  • Beijing Must Avoid Giant Pop in House Prices Sunday, 5 Jun 2011 | 9:36 PM ET
    Apartments in China

    Housing construction is such a driver of the Chinese economy that if a real estate bubble were to burst the resulting shock could see economic growth fall to the low single digits. The FT reports.

  • It all turns on the criteria that make up the ten categories in our point system and this year has brought some interesting changes. Here's the rundown.

  • China Land Price Fall Threatens Local Finances Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 9:44 PM ET
    Apartment buildings in Liaoning Province, China.

    If recent land auctions across China are anything to go by, then Beijing’s efforts to cool the country’s sizzling residential property market are finally beginning to work after a year of moral suasion and threats to local governments, banks and developers. The FT reports.

  • China’s Economy Slows, But Inflation Still a Threat Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 3:13 AM ET
    Beijing, China

    The question now is how much economic growth may slow, before the authorities shift from controlling inflation to revving the growth engine. The NYT reports.

  • Why China Needs to Keep Building Monday, 23 May 2011 | 7:49 PM ET
    China

    The Chinese government’s growth strategy has been to invest in highways, subways and bridges. Infrastructure spending, rising incomes, and a lack of leverage are contributing to stable future growth.

  • Surprising Six-Figure Jobs Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 5:01 PM ET
    When you think of jobs that pay six figures, you think doctor, lawyer -- and anything with the word “chief,” “director,” “engineer” or “petroleum” in it.But there are some jobs that pay six figures that you might not expect. People you may encounter on a daily basis, or some who you may not, but never suspect they make that much.Take, for example the recent story about the lifeguards in Newport Beach, Calif., who  and some of them, over $200,000!“Generally, high-paid jobs require one or more of

    There are some jobs that pay six figures that you might not expect. Here are 15 surprising examples of jobs that pay $100,000 or more.

  • **FILE** Rows of heavy Caterpillar equipment sits ready for shipment at the Caterpillar plant in Decatur, Ill.,in this April 20, 2007 file photo. For American companies with operations that stretch overseas, the slumping dollar has become a fiscal life preserver amid slower domestic economic growth and waning sales. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, file)

    Global infrastructure projects are up and so are Caterpillar sales, Chief Executive Doug Oberhelman told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Brazil, the World Cup & the Olympics  Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 10:36 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera takes a look at Brazil's efforts to build a stadium for the 2014 World Cup, and expand its infrastructure before the 2016 Olympics.

  • A fan blows a vuvuzela at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

    Nothing inspires more passion in Brazil than soccer.  But the nation is dramatically behind schedule in putting in place the infrastructure required for when 600,000 visitors descend on the country.

  • Access Brazil: A Fast Growing Economy  Monday, 25 Apr 2011 | 4:24 PM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera with a unique look at the way Brazilians deal with traffic jams.