Sad news today. Mark Haines, anchor of CNBC’s Squawk On The Street, died suddenly today. Mark was a fixture of my morning routine for over 20 years. I will miss him.

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is a straight-talking CNBC reporter who demands a modern solution to our nation’s social and economic woes—a return to our political roots: fiscal conservatism, limited government, and personal accountability. We discuss her latest book You Know I’m Right: More Prosperity, Less Government.

Erin Burnett is one of this country’s top financial reporters. She’s the anchor of CNBC’s Street Signs and co-anchor of Squawk On The Street. Erin takes us behind the burqa to describe about her reporting in the Middle East.

Here is the lineup of guests on BRAINSTORMIN’ with Billy the Brain for Monday, January 3, 2011. Listen at or on AM 1400 in Ventura at 10 o’clock am Pacific time.