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CNBC's Melissa Francis reported today on "speculation" that the Saudi Oil Minister, Ali Al-Nami, might be replaced when the Saudi monarchy shakes up its cabinet in February. Al-Nami has held the post for 12 years. Also of noteon oil--the New York Times reported over the weekend that the Saudis are committed to keeping oil prices at $50 a barrel.
The Democrats are back in power in Congress--but does that mean they have the confidence of the American people to lead? And are they better for business? It appears so according to a new WSJ/NBC poll. CNBC's John Harwood explained the numbers before a discussion on just why the Dems might be able to sing "Happy Days Are Here Again."
KB Home is joining what's becoming a long list of companies caught up in the stock back dating issue. The home builder announced that it's under formal investigation by the SEC for improper stock option practices. The company CEO Bruce Karatz resigned (or retired) last fall over the backdating issue. Right now--more than two hundred companies are under a similar microscope (including computer giant Apple).
Immigration was one topic mentioned by President George Bush in his State of the Union Speech Tuesday night--"We need to resolve the status of illegal immigrants who are already in this country. Without animosity and without amnesty." But can that be done when tempers run so high on both sides of the issue?
The American middle class is under fire according to many Democrats and they say it's getting worse. As we noted earlier, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) said as much in his response to the president's State of the Union speech last night--when Webb said there are "two different countries" when it comes to getting benefits from a good U.S. economy.
"This economy is moving and it's our job to keep it that way. Not with more government, but with more enterprise." That statement is from last night's State of the Union speech by President George Bush. It's a sentiment most Republicans share--but many Democrats don't. On "Morning Call" CNBC's John Harwood previewed what looks like a coming battle over the nation's economic health.
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)...
Driving to your favorite steakhouse might be more energy efficient in the future--but cleaner air and better gas mileage will begin to cost you more for that t-bone platter. Higher corn prices are likely to be trickling down into areas--including prices for meat. The reason? corn is a main ingredient for making ethanol and corn is used for feeding livestock like cattle.
The meeting Apple's CEO Steve Jobs had last week with SEC and U.S. Justice Department officials over stock backdating--might not turn out to be much at all--according to CNBC's Jim Goldman. The meeting was reported today by Bloomberg. But Goldman says people he talked to --don't expect anything to come from all this. In fact--it seems even the probe by government officials may just end up "going away."
President George Bush gives his State of The Union speech tonight and he's expected to focus a lot of what he says on domestic policy. One key element is a new health care plan aimed at expanding coverage through tax credits. The idea is to make health care a "free market good." And the costs--well that comes from money that might have gone to your care.