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?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.