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‘Squawk Box’ Gets Political

squawk_box_8-24.jpgU.S. News and World Report’s Washington Whispers has a piece about the direction of CNBC’s morning show, “Squawk Box,” which has become increasingly political as developments in the economy have become more and more legislative.

It used to be, says [Joe] Kernen, that Washington and Wall Street issues had little overlap. Now, he says, “the parts that don’t overlap are smaller than the parts that do.”

The shows hosts and guests have embraced that intersection quite readily. Apparently, 60% of guests this year have been, in some manner, political and Kernen has gone so far as to make a 2012 prediction, picking former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: “President Pawlenty doesn’t really roll off the tongue, but who would have thought ‘President Obama’?”

“Squawk Box” airs 6-9amET. The article has a pretty nice caricature too.

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