FROM Hans Nichols
Merkel and Putin The White House and Germany are at odds, and that may be just the way Vladimir Putin likes it. German chancellor Angela Merkel is in Washington today, where she met with President Obama to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. The White House has floated the idea of arming the Ukrainian soldiers fighting separatists there, but Germany is opposed. It’s not the first time Germany has been caught between the U.S. and Russia. We look at Merkel’s background as an East German native who speaks Russian, and why she’s uniquely qualified to negotiate with Putin.
World's Wealthy Converge on Davos The annual World Economic Forum is underway once again at the picturesque mountaintop resort of Davos in Switzerland. One topic on the agenda for heads of state and top business leaders, including some of the world's wealthiest people, is income inequality. Hans Nichols, correspondent for Bloomberg TV , joins us from Davos.
Spying and Syria Get More Play than Free Trade at G8 Summit At the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland, Syria has been high on the agenda. Russia's President Putin says he's opposed to any aid to the rebels, and described them as "those who kill their enemies and eat their organs" meeting with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron. Hans Nichols is in Enniskillen for Bloomberg News .
Obama Makes Opening Argument on Debt Ceiling President Obama held an unexpected news conference this morning to briefly review his first term in office as prepares for his second. But his main focus was on the latest dispute with Republicans over the debt ceiling. He said they have two choices: pay America’s bills or create an economic crisis…
Obama Picks Lew to Replace Geithner as Treasury Secretary Unnamed White House sources are now confirming that Jack Lew, the President’s Chief of Staff, will be nominated tomorrow to replace Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. Hans Nichols broke the story earlier this week for Bloomberg News.
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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.