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  • Sen. Bingaman: We Need To Be More Energy Efficient Wednesday, 13 Dec 2006 | 11:20 AM ET

    The power shift on Capitol Hill, sparked by the mid-term elections, means the government will likely move in new directions when the new U.S. Congress is sworn in this January. How will that affect the nation's energy issues? On “Morning Call,” New Mexico Democratic Senator Jeff Bingaman revealed what’s to come when he takes over as Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

  • Debate: Holding Hedge Funds To Public Standards Tuesday, 12 Dec 2006 | 11:50 AM ET

    In an earlier post we talked about the issue of hedge fund returns vs. index funds. That's one battle for the massive hedge fund industry--but there's another that's maybe more important: The issue of transparency. Hedge funds might not be publicly traded, but the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requires that money managers overseeing more than $100 million disclose their holdings...

  • BlackBerry Users: Unsafe At Any Speed? Thursday, 7 Dec 2006 | 9:10 AM ET

    The addictive nature of the BlackBerry is being blamed as the cause of a recent highway pile-up in the state of Washington. The 53-year-old driver told troopers he'd been using his BlackBerry at the time of the crash. On "Squawk Box"--CNBC’s Becky Quick took a closer look at the hand held device and whether legislation is needed to prevent people from using them while driving.

  • One Year Later: Are U.S. Bankruptcy Laws Working? Wednesday, 6 Dec 2006 | 12:36 PM ET

    It has been one year since the U.S. Senate enacted a massive overhaul of laws to regulate filing for bankruptcy. Filings are at a 10-year low since then – but there’s skepticism about whether these reforms are really helping. Robert Lawless – professor at the University of Illinois College of Law – will appear before a Senate judiciary committee today to give his take on just how effective these laws have been.

  • U.S. Energy Dilemma: To Drill Or Not To Drill Tuesday, 5 Dec 2006 | 5:15 PM ET

    America's energy needs--and what should or should not be done for them--are on the minds of many in Washington D.C. The U.S. House of Representatives postponed a vote this week on a Senate-approved bill to allow drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Also – President George W. Bush is considering suspending a moratorium on oil and natural gas drilling in Bristol Bay in Alaska – which is home to the world’s largest wild salmon run.

  • How Will Fast Food Adjust To Trans-Fat Ban? Tuesday, 5 Dec 2006 | 4:55 PM ET

    As we've reported--New York became the first city in the U.S. to ban trans-fats in restaurant food. But the ban will affect companies with a reach far beyond the Five Boroughs. Wendy’s International, McDonald’s, Kraft and Kellogg will all have to adjust as a result – at least in the near term – at the expense of their P&L sheets.

  • UPDATE 2: NYC First To Ban Trans Fat At Restaurants Tuesday, 5 Dec 2006 | 4:18 PM ET

    Here's the latest update on the trans-fat ban: New York is about to become the first large American city to strictly limit trans-fats in all of its restaurants. The city's board of health voted to eliminate the unhealthy oil from nearly 20,000 eateries, from street corner vendors to the most expensive dining establishments. So why does the health world hate trans-fat so much?

  • UPDATE: Banning Trans Fat: NYC Decides Today Tuesday, 5 Dec 2006 | 1:17 PM ET

    In just a few hours-- the trans fat showdown begins in The Big Apple when the New York City  Health Department issues its vote on eliminating them from city restaurants. CNBC’s Mary Thompson "cut through the fat" to give the details on “Squawk Box.”

  • NYSE And NASD: There's A New Sheriff In Town Tuesday, 28 Nov 2006 | 3:43 PM ET

    A new stock market regulatory agency is about to ride into town. The New York Stock Exchange and the NASD are announcing plans to combine their regulatory operations--and make the world's largest securities watch dog.

  • CNBC's Greenberg: Sarbanes-Oxley Not So Bad On IPOS Monday, 27 Nov 2006 | 1:57 PM ET

    There's more than just a little rumbling over the Sarbanes-Oxley act--since it's become law in the U.S. Many say it's hurting companies with all of its compliance requirements--and hurting the stock market--particularly IPO's.

  • There’s legislation being debated in the U.S. Senate on whether to allow more oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. It's not just the oil--but the oil revenues coming in that's a big part of this. The benefit for nearby states is the chance of collecting federal royalties – as much as $650 million for each state.