Press Releases: 12/01/14

CNBC (1), MSNBC (1), CNN (1)


Anchored by CNBC’s Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ—December 1, 2014—On Wednesday, December 3rd, CNBC’s “Squawk Box” (M-F, 6AM-9AM ET) will broadcast live from Business Roundtable (BRT) in Washington, DC. One hundred CEOs are expected to attend, including a majority of Chief Executive Officers representing the top 50 companies in the Fortune 500. The meeting’s agenda will include tax, trade and getting Washington focused on significant economic growth.

Guests on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” will include: Doug McMillon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart; Randall Stephenson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Inc. and Business Roundtable Chairman; Rex Tillerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Chair of BRT’s Education and Workforce Committee; Douglas Oberhelman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Caterpillar, Chair of BRT’s International Engagement Committee; Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Blackstone; Ken Moelis, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Moelis & Company; Larry Fink, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock, Inc.; and Dave Cote, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Honeywell, Chair of BRT’s Energy and Environment Committee, among others.

“Squawk Box” is the ultimate “pre-market” morning news and talk program. With a unique sense of street smarts and wit, the program mixes business news with unscripted, fast-paced banter. Anchored by CNBC’s Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin, “Squawk Box” brings Wall Street to Main Street and is a “must see” for everyone from the business executive to the professional trader to the individual investor.

Follow @SquawkCNBC for the latest news from Business Roundtable.



BUILT FOR IT Sponsored by Caterpillar Debuts Today

NEW YORK, NY – December 1 – MSNBC today announced a special, cross-platform initiative to bring deeper focus to a set of pressing global issues – and the innovative people and groups working to create change. The new editorial venture on sustainable progress, sponsored by Caterpillar, will debut today on “Morning Joe.”

Following on MSNBC’s recent collaborations with the Global Poverty Project and #GivingTuesday, this new series aims to shed light on issues of global consequence, and the people outside Washington who are taking on those challenges and making an impact.

The first in a series of three themed-weeks will focus on sustainability. Throughout the week of December 1, “Morning Joe” will take a close look at companies that are remanufacturing machines and materials for both ecological and economic gain, powered by “remanufacturing knowledge hubs” in towns like Rochester, New York. The series will also look at North American Coal’s award-winning land reclamation project in North Dakota, which restores mined land to its pre-mining levels of environmental quality and productivity. The week will conclude with a report on the need for technical job skills training for workers, and how that impacts America’s competitiveness in manufacturing.

The second theme week will focus on sustainable communities and how policy issues – like promoting trade and social innovation – can raise the standard of living and competitiveness of cities and towns around the world. Energy access will be the focus of the third week because 18% of the global population lacks access to electricity and 38% don’t even have clean cooking facilities. All of the special reports will air on “Morning Joe.”

“Caterpillar and MSNBC are collaborating on a special series of segments to air on Morning Joe that will highlight our common values, promote our commitment to social innovation and share the unique stories of individuals and groups who are working to affect change,” said Stu Levenick, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Customer & Dealer Support. “The world’s resources support seven billion people today, and will need to support nine billion by 2050. Demand for resources and infrastructure will increase; energy demand is expected to double between now and 2050. Already, nearly one billion people in the world today lack access to clean water. Meeting these needs, while supporting economic growth and preserving the environment will remain absolutely necessary. Progress doesn’t have to be at the expense of profit or the environment – Caterpillar and many other like-minded companies are enabling sustainable sustainable economic growth while best serving our planet and its people. I believe that’s a message that will resonate with the MSNBC audience.”

More information about BUILT FOR IT Sponsored by Caterpillar can be found online at



DEADLY HIGH: How Synthetic Drugs Are Killing Kids
CNN Takes an In-Depth Look at the Havoc Designer Drugs are Wreaking on America’s Youth

Special Investigative Report Airs Tuesday, Dec 2nd 9pmET

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Meet “Molly”, a synthetic drug that, along with “N-Bomb”, “Bath Salts” and “Spice”, is wreaking havoc on America’s youth. These dangerous synthetic drugs are sold under store counters and over the Internet, with hundreds of websites delivering them straight to your door. And the kicker? There’s no way of telling what’s in them. Manufacturers continually change the chemical composition to stay ahead of law enforcement; and there’s no quality control over the 300-plus chemical variations that have come into the United States over the past four years, mainly from China.

In the CNN Special Report Deadly High: How Synthetic Drugs Are Killing Kids, Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin will take viewers on an in-depth journey into the world of synthetic drugs, focusing on the deaths of two teenagers in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Here, Drew will speak to family members of Christian Bjerk and Elijah Stai, both of whom died from taking a synthetic designer drug most have never heard of: 25I-NBOMBe (also known as 2C-I-NBOMe). Drew will also speak with law enforcement about their investigation into the deaths, and trace the path of the 25I-NBOMBe chemicals to North Dakota.

In this CNN Investigations report, Drew Griffin follows the trail to Texas, where he speaks exclusively with Charles Carlton, a man who’s facing a long prison sentence for running an online company that imported chemicals and sold them as synthetic designer drugs across the United States; the same chemicals that killed Bjerk and Stai.

With overdoses and deaths across the country, why is the manufacturing and distribution of synthetic designer drugs able to continue? Drew Griffin will speak with scientists, American officials and law enforcement to get answers in the CNN Special Report Deadly High: How Synthetic Drugs Are Killing Kids, airing on Tuesday, December 2nd at 9pmET/PT on CNN.


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