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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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.