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.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.