FROM Brad Setser
What's Next for International Capitalism? President Obama and Britain's Prime Minister Brown today renewed “ the special relationship .” But will they get the cooperation they want from the rest of the world? We get a preview of the G-20 summit and the likelihood of resolving the global financial crisis.
What's Next for International Capitalism? Barack Obama met Queen Elizabeth today, as protests turned violent on the streets of London. The leaders of 20 countries are preparing to meet on the global financial meltdown, and the eyes of the world are on the new President of the United States. Obama and Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown are calling for unified action , but France and Germany, Eastern Europe and the nations of Asia all have their own ideas. Can they agree on the need for economic stimulus, increased regulation or more money for the International Monetary Fund ? Can Obama lead the way out of a crisis that started here and infected the rest of the world?
The Global Consequences of America's Financial Crisis The Wall Street rescue failed in the House. Now the Senate will take up a similar bill tonight, with support from John McCain , Barack Obama and Joe Biden . Some advocates are saying the pros and cons of specific provisions are not what matters. The real issue is restoration of confidence in the financial system. Meantime, banks are in trouble in Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands—Ireland and Iceland, and leaders are saying the US has a special responsibility to act and act now. Would foreign banks get part of the bailout money? What about countries which buy American debt, including Russia and China? Is America's financial leadership what's really at stake?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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.