The G-20 and the Man Who Wasn't There
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This weekend's G-20 meeting dramatized the interdependence of seven or eight industrialized powers and the so-called "emerging economies." Can they get together to resolve the global financial crisis? Were they marking time until America's next President takes office? Also, Obama and McCain meet in Chicago, and an update on Hillary Clinton’s chances to be secretary of state. Would Bill's post-presidential activities present conflicts of interest?
Banner image: President Bush gestures as he addresses the G-20 leaders and delegates at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. White House photo: Eric Draper
Obama and McCain Meet Post-Election ()
Barack Obama said last night he'd appoint at least one Republican to his cabinet. It's not likely to be John McCain, but the two met today in Chicago, just two weeks since the election. Abdon Pallasch reports for the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Abdon Pallasch: Reporter, Chicago Sun Times
The G-20 and the Man Who Wasn't There ()
The so-called G-8 became the G-20 this weekend as thirteen emerging powers sat next to the industrialized nations to talk about fixing the global economy. At the formal dinner, the President of the United States had the President of Brazil on his right while the President of China sat on his left. Saudi Arabia, India and other developing nations also were at the table, along with Japan, Russia and the industrialized nations of Europe, dramatizing the new reality of economic interdependence. The man who wasn't there was Barack Obama. We talk about what the meeting accomplished and the challenges left for the next President of the United States.
- Zanny Minton Beddoes: Washington Economics Editor for the Economist
- Yasheng Huang: Professor of Political Economy and International Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Niall Ferguson: Professor of History, Harvard University
- Edward Lozansky: Founder and President, American University in Moscow, @EdwardLozansky
- Luigi Zingales: Professor of Finance, University of Chicago, @zingales
Obama Courts Hillary Clinton ()
On 60 Minutes yesterday, Barack Obama acknowledge his meeting with Hillary Clinton. While he declined to address say whether he wants her to be his secretary of state, few people think the President-elect would have allowed his meeting with Senator Clinton to become public knowledge if he weren't very serious about her appointment. Richard Wolffe is senior White House correspondent for Newsweek magazine.
- Richard Wolffe: Senior White House Correspondent, Newsweek
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