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In the Czech Republic today, the US and Russia signed a new treaty to cut back on nuclear weapons. Will it make the world safer? Is the diplomacy as important as the military strategy? Also, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner meets with Chinese officials today in Beijing, and livestock producers are on the defensive against the Humane Society's well-funded campaign for better treatment of animals. What will it mean for consumers at Wendy's, IOHP, Applebee's and Wal-Mart?

Banner image: US President Barack Obama (L) and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) sign the new START treaty during a ceremony at Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, April 8, 2010. Official White House photo: Chuck Kennedy

Main Topic A New START for Nuclear Disarmament

President Obama is back in Prague, where he became the toast of Europe a year ago with a speech that envisioned a world without nuclear weapons. Today, he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a new version of the Strategic Arms Treaty, which expired last December. Supporters concede it has loopholes, but call it essential to reducing the dangers of Cold War weapons that have outlived their usefulness. Opponents say it gives too much and gets too little and allows Russia to opt out if it doesn't like US plans for missile defense in Europe. Will it make any difference to Iran or North Korea? What are the chances of ratification by Russia's parliament and the United States Senate?

Steven Pifer, Brookings Institution (@steven_pifer)
Ariel Cohen, Atlantic Council (@Dr_Ariel_Cohen)
David Albright, Institute for Science and International Security (@ISISNuclear)
Reuel Marc Gerecht, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (@followFDD)
Daryl Kimball, Arms Control Association (@armscontrolnow)

Peddling Peril

David Albright

Making News Geithner Visits China; Will the Chinese Re-Value Their Currency? 7 MIN, 36 SEC

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner met with a vice premier today in Beijing, and today's New York Times says China's preparing to relax controls on its currency. Nicholas Lardy is senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and co-author of China's Rise: Challenges and Opportunities.

Nicholas Lardy, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute of International Economics

China’s Rise

Lardy, Bergsten, Freeman and Mitchell

Reporter's Notebook Humane Society Goes Undercover in the Chicken Coop 5 MIN, 10 SEC

Wendy's, Applebee's, IHOP and mega-grocer Wal-Mart are shifting to eggs produced by cage-free chickens after the Humane Society released a video showing egg-farm workers abusing chickens and dead birds littering cages. The well-funded campaign is HSUS' latest salvo in a battle over the treatment of animals in the production of America's food supply. But the agricultural industry, including farmers around the country, is fighting back. That's according to a story by P.J. Huffstutter in today's Los Angeles Times.

P.J. Huffstutter, Reuters (@PJHuffstutter1)

Know Thine Enemy

Edwin Shirley

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