Photo: President Barack Obama gives a toast with President Bounnhang Vorachith of Laos the Presidential Palace in Vientiane, Laos, September 6, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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Roger Ailes, the ousted brains behind Fox News, is still denying sexual harassment charges by several high-profile women. But Fox has settled with former anchor Gretchen Carlson, who sued just two months ago: $20 million and an apology. Ailes is hardly out of trouble, as we hear from Stephen Battaglio, who covers the media business for the Los Angeles Times.
After Hawaii, the Midway Atoll and Hangzhou, China, Mr. Obama is now in Laos — the first sitting president to visit that country. He won't hold that office for long, and this trip is important in his final effort to bolster US influence in the Pacific-Asia region.
Along the way, he talked Syria with Vladimir Putin, and he was called an "SOB" by the President of the Philippines. He finalized the climate-change deal with China — but the Trans Pacific Partnership may never pass Congress. We hear about successes and failures.
Josh Lederman, Associated Press (@joshledermanAP)
Andrew Steer, World Resources Institute (@AndrewSteerWRI)
Michael Fuchs, Center for American Progress
Michael Green, Center for Strategic and International Studies / Georgetown University (@CSIS)
White House on the US joining China in the global effort to combat climate change
Lederman on Obama's legacy: energy, pollution
World Resources Institute on the US and China joining Paris Agreement
Fuchs on Obama's Asia pivot as a historic success
Green on the legacy of Obama's pivot to Asia
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