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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.
Looking for a new home? No problem. Got $80 million? Better dig deep into the checking account because that's what you'll need to buy one of the homes from America's number one real estate agent. She's Dolly Lenz from Prudential Douglas Elliman. She and CEO Pamela Liebman from the Corcoran Group were on "Power Lunch" to talk about some of the "blockbuster" homes they have on the market.
Sarbanes-Oxley may never work its way into the hearts and minds of Wall Street. The regulation came under attack yet again today (see earlier post on Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYC's financial services) as a reason New York City and the U.S. are losing their financial edge to cities like London. The complaint is the 2002 law is too much and too costly to obey. And that's driving IPOs, hedge funds and the like...
It's almost the end of the financial world as we know it-- in New York City. At least that's according to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Both men say NYC--and the U.S. for that matter-- are losing their competitive edge as leaders in financial dealings. Today--the politicos released a study done by the mayor's office and consultant group McKinsey that apparently proves the point.
Most analysts have been watching the price of oil and how low it will go as a way to measure inflation in the U.S. But--there may be a new item on the inflation "menu" to keep an eye on: food. When oil went to high prices this past summer--the ethanol boom sent investors to corn (corn is used for making ethanol). Some economists now say agri-culture.....
Alberto Vollmer owns a sugar plantation and rum factory in Venezuela. In fact--he owned thousands of acres that had been in his family for some 200 years. That was until 18 months ago when the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took 2,500 of those acres--1/3 of Vollmer's total land--as part of his proclaimed "socialist revolution."
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...