Dean Foods Co.’s WhiteWave Foods Co. unit may become a takeover target for buyers such as General Mills Inc. after it is spun off from the dairy maker, said Alexia Howard, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.
When Mobil Corp. quit midtown Manhattan for 130 green acres in Fairfax County, Virginia, its new neighbors included country stores, dairy farms and a highway that ringed the nation’s capital. Mobil brought hope that the suburb could break free of its Washington ties to build its own world-class economy.
Mitt Romney most likely will be the Republican presidential nominee if he sticks to his pledge of reviving the economy, because conservatives probably won’t coalesce around rival Rick Santorum, two of the party’s veteran politicians predicted.
A failed effort by the Republican hierarchy to drive U.S. Senate nominee Todd Akin out of the Missouri race underscores the party’s weakness with women voters that might cost it the White House and control of Congress.
The incoming Congress includes a hate-crime victim beaten with a baseball bat, a double amputee, a former homeless man who lived in a park, and a member so poor growing up that she had no running water or electricity.