Jim Lindsay focuses on the relationship between foreign policy and domestic political considerations at the Council on Foreign Relations. He surveys the candidates, considers the domestic political fall-out from Obama’s Iran deal and the failed policies in Syria, and tells Jim it is early days to predict whether these factors will affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
American annual healthcare spending is $3.8 trillion, a whopping 20% of GDP. Obamacare covered millions of uninsured Americans, but did nothing about spiraling costs. Steven Brill, author of the bestseller, America’s Bitter Pill-Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System, analyzes the issue and tells Jim what can be done.
The government’s weapons against the press have shifted from censorship to indictment of leakers to dragnet subpoenas. Obama has indicted six leakers on national security matters– more than all of his predecessors combined. He may have already indicted Julian Assange for publishing leaked information. James C. Goodale, author of the bestselling book, Fighting for the Press, tells Jim Zirin of the way forward.
The premier political analyst analyzes poll results, measures the Republican slate, reads the tealeaves and calls the race. He also speculates about unexpected events, such as an Internet-launched third party candidacy, which could derail Obama’s re-election.
The Democratic political strategist talks about the way forward for Obama as he faces a Republican House and a Senate where Democrats cling to a razor-thin majority.
Fiscally hemorrhaging, Greece was about to be turned down for EU membership until bankers convinced the Greek treasury to buy digitally priced currency swaps to sidestep regulatory requirements. Then the banks shorted Greece.
Stephen Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, recently returned from Kabul where he helped McChrystal with the assessment. Now it’s all up to Petraeus.
Obama claims he can achieve huge savings in healthcare. One part of it is the digitalization of healthcare records. Can he force doctors into the Digital Age? Califano, who was at LBJ’s side when Medicare was enacted, knows how healthcare costs can spiral out of control.
Scott Brown may owe his Massachusetts Miracle to the $1 million a day he raised on the Internet. Since then Obama can’t seem to do anything right.
Blackstone’s Steve Schwarzman proposed a single global regulator who will gather economic data from all countries and assess risk via the Internet. But the late Bruce Wasserstein of Lazard pooh-poohed the idea.
Most polls say that Obama has it. But which poll are you supposed to believe? There are blogs that offer a snapshot of all the polls combined. Will the bloggers be the ones to call the election?
Who wins, who loses, who’s in, who’s out? Hear an expert’s analysis of where we are in the Presidential primary races by the top Democratic pollster and pundit.
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