FROM Alan Blinder
Time for a Woman Fed Chairman or Is Banking Still a Man's World? Ben Bernanke's term as Chair of the Federal Reserve won't end until January, but the campaign over who should replace him is already hot and heavy. Larry Summers and Janet Yellen are the leading candidates to replace Bernanke. It's a highly technical job of global importance, but the campaign between their supporters has raised issues of a different kind. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has written that Summers "is being pushed by the boys' club around President Obama." Is Yellen as well qualified as Summers? Is it time for a woman, or is big-time banking still a man's world? Is the gender issue relevant to a technical job of global importance?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?