A Hard Sell on Capitol Hill; Pakistan's Problems
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The Bush White House today warns of economic "calamity" if Congress won't bail out Wall Street, but Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson are facing a skeptical Congress. Also, an unmanned American drone has crashed in Pakistan, where anger rages over this weekend's terrorist bombing and the Army is battling militants. We hear from the UN and from Islamabad. On Reporter's Notebook, North Korea says it's about to resume its nuclear weapons program. What happened to progress toward disarmament?
Banner image: (L-R) Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Christopher Cox, and director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency James Lockhart III, testifying yesterday before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Congress Pushes Back on the Bailout ()
The Bush White House today warns of economic "calamity" if Congress won't bail out Wall Street, but despite the $700 billion price tag, the leading budget expert in Congress says there's no way to estimate the real cost. Today, Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke told a joint committee of Congress that the economy needs the Wall Street bailout and needs it now. We hear from skeptical Democrats and Republicans as pressure increases and time grows short.
- Sudeep Reddy: Economics Reporter, Wall Street Journal, @Reddy
- Michele Bachmann: Congresswoman (R-MN)
- Brad Sherman: Congressman (D-CA), @BradSherman
- William Poole: former President, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Pakistan's President Visits the UN ()
An unmanned American drone has crashed in Pakistan, where anger rages over this weekend's terrorist bombing and the Army is battling militants. This weekend's massive explosion that killed 53 people at Islamabad's Marriott Hotel has increased fears of terrorism. President Asif Ali Zardari is known to believe that US intervention is making things worse. Yesterday, he met with President Bush in New York. We hear from the UN and from Islamabad.
- Harvey Morris: United Nations Correspondent, Financial Times
- Graham Usher: Freelance journalist
- Paula Newberg: former Special Advisor, United Nations
North Korea Says It Will Re-Start Nuclear Plant ()
After dismantling its plutonium-making reactor and blew up the main cooling tower at Yongbyon, North Korea expected to be removed from the US list of countries that support terrorism. That hasn't happened. Now, at Pyongyang's request, the International Atomic Energy Agency has removed seals and surveillance cameras from Yongbyon. North Korea says it'll go back to the business of making nuclear weapons. What's happened to what appeared to be progress in disarmament? Mike Chinoy is the author of Meltdown: the Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis.
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