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  • Halliburton's Dubai Move: Smart Or Un-American? Monday, 12 Mar 2007 | 12:29 PM ET

    Dubai is again the flashpoint of a patriotism-versus-globalism debate. This time, it's not about a foreign firm encroaching on U.S. shores, but an American company shifting its headquarters to the emirate. And when the firm is oilfield-services provider Halliburton, everyone has an opinion.

  • Ted Turner Touts Solar Power -- And Invests In It Tuesday, 6 Mar 2007 | 12:48 PM ET
    CNN founder Ted Turner reacts as he speaks about Gerald Levin, the former CEO of AOL Time Warner, while speaking at the CNN 25 World Report Conference in Atlanta in this Wednesday, June 1, 2005 file photo. Turner received the Clinton Center Award for Leadership and National Service Wednesday, June 29, 2005, for his work as an environmentalist in New York. The award is given by the Democratic Leadership Council, a Washington-based nonprofit organization comprised of Democratic legislators and gov

    Ted Turner calls solar energy the "biggest business opportunity the world has ever seen." And for once, he may be understating it. CNBC's Jane Wells reported on the maverick mogul's plans, on "Morning Call."

  • CNBC's Sue Herera says that "Hollywood has a megaphone like no other." But Wall Street is, well, Wall Street: the embodiment of big bucks. Which will prove a bigger force in picking the next American president in 2008? John Harwood and Financial Times' Ben White weigh in.

  • Consultant Blasts "Flag-Waving" In AMR Uproar Friday, 16 Feb 2007 | 11:42 AM ET

    The British are coming, the British are coming -- for American Airlines. Well, maybe not. Despite a Reuters report knocking down BusinessWeek's story of a possible takeover bid for American Airlines parent AMR, speculation abounds. And It would be a good thing, according to Mike Miller -- but he says it probably won't happen.

  • The AMT: Is An "Alternative" Option Possible? Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 | 2:42 PM ET

    Chalk it up to the new centrism -- or perhaps it's because some issues are so irksome, Republicans and Democrats must agree that a solution is needed. Whatever the case, two House members joined "Power Lunch" to sound the alarm over the alternative minimum tax (AMT) -- and the 20-month deadline to fix it.

  • Wall Street Wants Rudy -- And Hillary -- For President Wednesday, 7 Feb 2007 | 5:29 PM ET

    Pollsters often try to make their jobs simpler, by predicting elections via demographic groups. So who does that abstract cross-section called "Wall Street" want in the White House in 2008? The answers may not be so cut-and-dried, says John Harwood, CNBC's chief Washington correspondent.

  • Bush Spending Plan Raises Ire From Dems Monday, 5 Feb 2007 | 1:58 PM ET

    President George W. Bush sent his $2.9 trillion budget to Congress this morning, kicking off widespread debate in both the House and Senate. This is the first time during his presidency that Bush has delivered a budget to a Democrat-controlled Congress. Considering Democrats have made it clear that they have a different set of priorities, what kinds of challenges lie ahead?

  • Global Tensions Can't Stop The Bull Run, Can They? Tuesday, 30 Jan 2007 | 1:31 PM ET

    Ever wonder how lately it seems like as geopolitical tensions seem to worsen; the markets don’t seem to notice? Whether it’s terrorism, war or climate change, the world’s major challenges don’t seem to be making much of a dent in the U.S. economy.

  • The Bush Economy Is Awful--No, It's Great... Monday, 29 Jan 2007 | 2:18 PM ET

    President George W. Bush is doing a lousy job steering the U.S. economy -- or, Bush is doing an excellent job -- depending whether you ask economist Christian Weller or GOP strategist Jack Burkman, both of whom joined "Power Lunch" to dissect the president's economic record.

  • The Next 100 Hours in Congress: What Happens Now? Thursday, 25 Jan 2007 | 2:46 PM ET

    Democrats made a very big deal about all the bills they passed in the House during the first 100 hours of the new Congress. Their legislation addresses key business issues, such as taxes, energy and the minimum wage. Seems like a lot in a short time, but guess what? The next 100 hours might be even more important. CNBC’s Sue Herera found out why.

  • Surprised? Dems-GOP Split On State of Union Wednesday, 24 Jan 2007 | 9:25 AM ET

    Last night was the first time in his presidency that George W. Bush gave his State of the Union Speech to a Democratically controlled Congress. He laid out his domestic agenda with a renewed calls for action on energy independence, immigration reform and health care coverage. The last part of his speech dealt with the war in Iraq. So--how did it play with the Democrats and with members of his own party? Steny Hoyer (D-MD)...

  • Forex Web Site "Bets" On Iraqi Dinar Monday, 22 Jan 2007 | 3:48 PM ET
    Iraqi Dinar

    Do you feel lucky? That's the question posed by Jeffrey Pasquarella's brainchild: BetOnIraq.com -- a Web site he founded to give brave investors the chance to buy Iraq's young currency. Pasquarella told CNBC's Erin Burnett that 4,000 customers have used the site's foreign exchange service over the past three years, with the "average customer".......

  • President Bush will give the State of The Union speech next Tuesday night to both Houses of Congress--and the American people--and he does at at time when he has one of the lowest approval ratings of his presidency. So--what can he say at such a time? CNBC's John Harwood appeared on "Squawk Box" to give his preview of the speech--and he was joined in commentary with former GE CEO Jack Welch...

  • Global Slide For Tech And GE's Plastic "Sell Off" Friday, 19 Jan 2007 | 8:28 AM ET

    Stocks in the U.S. look set for a weaker opening, influenced by touchy tech stocks, earnings, and the big decline in oil. Dow components GE and Citigroup both reported earnings early today. GE's 12 percent increase was in line with expectations and Citigroup's lower profits were a bit better than Wall Street expected. Citigroup also raised its dividend by 10 percent.

  • Can Troop Increase Stabilize Iraqi Oil Industry? Tuesday, 16 Jan 2007 | 3:43 PM ET

    As President Bush prepares to send over 20,000 more U.S. troops to Iraq, one question being asked is--will the escalation jumpstart the country’s oil industry? The question centers on Iraq’s vital oil trade stabilizing in the midst of a bloody war. On “Street Signs,” two guests talked about the Iraq oil situation--Michael Makovsky of the Bipartisan Policy Center and David Kirsch of PFC Energy.

  • CNBC's Harwood: Obama Off And Running? Tuesday, 16 Jan 2007 | 2:41 PM ET

    He's running--sort of. U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is a major step closer to actually running for the presidential nomination of his party. Obama announced in high-tech fashion (on his personal Web site) that he's formed an exploratory committee to run for the top spot on the presidential ticket in 2008.

  • Military Surge Will Pressure Demand in Defense Sector Friday, 12 Jan 2007 | 10:10 AM ET

    Today, additional U.S. troops are heading to Iraq as a part of the President’s plan to increase armed forces on the ground. A large percentage of the 21,500 additional service men and women will be stationed in Baghdad to help fight insurgents. Asked how long that buildup might last, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said...

  • Iraq Troop Surge: Trigger For Political Stalemate? Wednesday, 10 Jan 2007 | 3:47 PM ET

    President Bush addresses the nation tonight at 9 pm to explain his new plan for Iraq, which includes a surge in the number of Americans on the ground. Key Democrats including Ted Kennedy fiercely oppose the Bush plan and are threatening action. On today’s "Power Lunch" CNBC’s Bill Griffeth examined whether this is the end of bi-partisan cooperation we’ve been hearing so much about – and if a huge power clash between the Democrats and the GOP is about to get underway.

  • CNBC's Schacknow: Our Day On Breaking News Desk Wednesday, 20 Dec 2006 | 2:41 PM ET

    Rates Go Up, Mortgage Apps Go Down: From the “scheduled breaking news” department - the Mortgage Bankers Association releases its weekly report on mortgage applications every Wednesday Morning at 7 am. I usually have it ready right at 7 am for use on air - as we did this morning. We posted the numbers earlier--mortgage apps fell 10.2% as the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose to 6.10% from 6.02% the prior week.

  • Analysts Break Down Bush Presser Wednesday, 20 Dec 2006 | 12:21 PM ET
    President Bush

    Liz Claman got reaction to President George W. Bush’s press conference this morning. CNBC Washington correspondent John Harwood, CNBC economy reporter Steve Liesman and Corvis Communications Budget Analyst Stan Collender all gave their take on what the president’s intentions mean for the U.S. going forward--abroad and at home.