00:00:00 | 3:02:50




Hillary Clinton's in Moscow to talk about Iran's nuclear program and renewing the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty, not to mention Afghanistan. We hear about diplomacy and nuclear weapons.  Also, after taxpayer bailouts, Wall Street bonuses jump., On Reporter's Notebook, more young Americans than ever before are volunteering to serve in the Army, the Marines and the National Guard.  Has the economy left them without any alternative?

Banner image: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov at the press conference after their bilateral meeting in Moscow. Photo: Valeriy Yevseyev/State Department

Making News After Taxpayer Bailouts, Wall Street Bonuses Jump 7 MIN, 38 SEC

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 10,000 today, at least for a while. A year after taxpayers bailed out the banks, JP Morgan Chase is making big money again, and today’s Wall Street Journal says banks and securities firms are about to pay employees $140 billion in bonuses, a record high. Peter Cohan is a management consultant and venture capitalist in Massachusetts, where he teaches at Babson College.

Peter Cohan, President, Peter S. Cohan and Associates

Main Topic The US and Russia: Iran and Nuclear Weapons 36 MIN, 9 SEC

At the United Nations less than a month ago, Russian President Medvedev was asked about Iran developing the capacity to build nuclear weapons. ”In some cases” he said,” sanctions are inevitable.” But in Moscow yesterday, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said sanctions would be “counterproductive.”  He was standing next to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Clinton’s in Moscow to talk about Iran’s nuclear program. Also on her agenda is renewing the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which expires in December, a major goal of President Obama. At the United Nations last month, President Obama expressed a sense of urgency about nuclear weapons. Has he really been able to “re-set” relations with Russia after all?  Even if the Cold War rivals agree to reduce their nuclear weapons, will Congress go along?

James Collins, former US Ambassador to the Russian Federation
Andrei Piontkovsky, Researcher, Russian Academy of Sciences
Binoy Kampark, Lecturer in International Relations, RMIT University
James Kitfield, National Security Correspondent, National Journal

Reporter's Notebook Banner Year for Military Recruitment 6 MIN, 56 SEC

In recent years, a lack of recruits has forced the Army to lower its standards, accepting more high school dropouts and even people with felony records. The Army and the Marines are stretched thin by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and new recruits are almost certain to go to war. But this year, for the first time since the draft was replaced by the volunteer military in 1973, recruiting targets are being met in number and quality – and them some. Gordon Lubold reports on the Pentagon for the Christian Science Monitor.

Gordon Lubold, Wall Street Journal (@glubold)

Subscribe to the 5 Things To Do newsletter

Never miss the best of what to do with your free time.


More From To the Point



View All Events


Player Embed Code