Top News & Analysis Iowa

  • OMAHA, Neb.-- Warren Buffett's company recently discovered it owns two short-line railroads that it must sell because of its 2010 acquisition of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa-- Iowa's corn and soybean harvests have passed the halfway point as farmers move quickly to get the drought-damaged crops out of the fields. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 56 percent of the corn and 54 percent of the soybeans have been harvested.

  • WASHINGTON-- The AFL-CIO has endorsed a nationwide consumer boycott of American Crystal Sugar products to protest its 14- month lockout of union workers.

  • *SEC can't impose limits on HFT without consensus-official. *Retail investors looking for SEC to lead on HFT reform.

  • OMAHA, Neb.-- Little or no economic growth is likely this year in most of the nine Midwest and Plains states covered by a survey of business leaders, but the booming oil business will continue to drive growth in North Dakota and Oklahoma, according to the report released Monday.

  • *Chicago Fed warned of need for "kill switch" in 2010* SEC can't impose limits on HFT without consensus-official* Some traders are trying to build HFT-free trading zone* Retail investors looking for SEC to lead on HFT reform By Emily Flitter and Sarah N. Lynch. Only now is the SEC getting around to taking a closer look at some of those issues.

  • ST. LOUIS-- Bacon lovers can relax. "Use of the word `shortage' caused visions of gasoline lines in a lot of people's heads, and that's not the case," said Steve Meyer, president of Iowa- based Paragon Economics and a consultant to the National Pork Producers Council and National Pork Board.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by the former chief executive of a kosher meat packing plant in Iowa who was sentenced to 27 years in prison on charges of financial fraud.

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    Three big intertwined but rival agribusinesses — corn farmers, meat and poultry producers, and biofuel refineries — are in a political fight to protect their interests as a drought ravages corn producers and industrial consumers alike, the New York Times reports.

  • President Barack Obama is reflected on a glass table as he appears on television screens at an electronics shop in 2008 during a segment of a 30-minute prime-time infomercial.

    If television ad spending is any guide, the White House race will come down to nine states that have absorbed an eye-popping $350 million in commercials so far.

  • Russell Wasendorf Sr.

    It now appears that regulators missed the red flags for years at Peregrine Financial, which shut down after its founder tried to commit  suicide this week, The New York Times reports.

  • Average Credit Score: 789Average Debt: $22,439Average Number of Late Payments: 0.27Average % Credit Available: 77.52Average Number of Open Credit Cards: 1.71The highest-ranking city is Wausau, Wis., a remarkable development considering that in the previous year, it didn’t even make the list. Interestingly, of all 10 cities on this list, four including Wausau, are located in the state of Wisconsin. When it comes to managing personal credit and debt, the people of Wisconsin must be doing something

    What U.S. cities have the best credit scores for 2012? Click to find out.

  • Mitt Romney and Barack Obama

    The presidential campaigns and their allies are zeroing in mainly on nine swing states, bombarding them with commercials in the earliest concentration of advertising in modern politics, The New York Times reports.

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    Washington state may be the next American state to legalize gay marriage. It has the support of several major companies, but Microsoft is the most high-profile business to back it. Prominent figures in the business community support marriage equality, as was the case in New York, the last state to legalize it.

  • Since 1992, politicians vying for the highest office in America have tried to project a down-home demeanor to endear themselves to the electorate. At the same time, nobody can mount a serious campaign for the presidency without money, and lots of it. So as nice as it is to come off like someone a voter would love to have a beer with, even the folksiest candidate will never make it to the Iowa caucus without a vast war chest.Since it takes money to run for president, it’s not surprising that some

    CNBC.com ranks the 10 richest people who have sought the U.S. presidency since 1992. Check out the list!

  • Race for GOP Nomination  in South Carolina

    CNBC's John Harwood offers perspective on the race for the U.S. presidency. Chip Saltsman, former Huckabee campaign manager, also weighs in.

  • Kudlow Defends His Support of Blue Collar Workers

    Debating whether Tim Carney, Washington Examiner, got his facts straight in his latest piece on populism, taxes, blue collar workers, and Rick Santorum, with CNBC's Larry Kudlow.

  • Mitt Romney - Iowa Caucuses

    The two strongest Republican candidates to emerge from the Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, both are open to bombing Iran's nuclear weapons program, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Michelle Bachmann

    Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann  announced  her decision to drop out of the presidential race Wednesday, leaving her supporters up for grabs to other GOP contenders.

  • Takeaways from Iowa

    Discussing the lessons learned from Iowa for Republicans and Democrats, with Ari Melber, The Nation Magazine, and Kevin Madden, JDA Frontline.