Stacey Vanek Smith
Jan 3, 2012 We all know that the Iowa caucuses happen every four years, and that they help set the tone for presidential elections. But what is it like to sit in on the meetings?
Jan 11, 2012 Today's Iowa caucuses mark the start of the 2012 election season. While the car brand Cadillac is expecting a strong year ahead, with a focus on becoming a global brand -- but Ford's Lincoln isn't going to be quite so lucky. Manufacturing hiring is finally picking up, but this time around companies are looking for more skilled workers. And Steve Chiotakis heads to the junk yard with Paddy Hirsch to understand junk bonds.
Jan 4, 2012 While some banks are being encourage to lend more, pressure is also coming from regulators to crack down on riskier customers.
Jan 27, 2012 A combination of free TV debates and outside money is helping candidates penny-pinch for now.
Jan 3, 2012 Other banks are also choosier about which businesses they lend to, and how much.
Jan 2, 2012 Presidential candidates and their teams spend a lot of money every four years in Iowa, from pizza delivery to TV ads. But the long-term economic benefits are what really matters to the state.
Jan 11, 2012 One thing we'll be hearing a lot about this election year is ways to grow the economy. Small businesses are looking for their share of the action, but could that have unintended consequences?
Jan 27, 2012 Poor weather on election day can mean fewer voters at the polls, and bigger expenses for the candidates.
Jan 11, 2012 Heading into the election year, we speak to Frank Newport at Gallup about how Obama's economic policies are faring in the American public, and why the economy will be the biggest issue in 2012.
Dec 29, 2011 How do Americans feel about all the GOP candidates before next Tuesday? Also, Gallup's most admired people of 2011, and gauging support for the Democrats and the Republicans after the payroll tax cuts showdown.