How do Washington insiders see the outlook for the United States and beyond?
These are chaotic times in Washington, as deep political divisions over budgets, taxes and government programs led to a partial shutdown of the U.S. government, threatened the United States’ credit rating and raised questions about whether persistent uncertainty is the new normal. Reuters Washington Summit will help answer those and many other questions about the future of U.S. domestic and foreign policy, offering analysis from current and former lawmakers, industry advocates and others who represent the latest thinking about what’s going on in Washington and what it means. (more…)
Crude oil futures are showing increased volatility as the US Congress prepares to vote on President Obama’s proposal to launch missile strikes against Syria. Foreign oil companies at work in Iraq’s giant oilfields are employing extra security in case there are retaliatory attacks should the US move against Syria. This video showcases several key tools in Thomson Reuters Eikon to help you monitor current oil price volatility.
Comedian-in-Chief Barack Obama was the star attraction at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this past Saturday at the Washington Hilton in DC. The dinner is a high-profile annual ritual that attracts not only the press but politicians, government officials, business leaders and an increasing number of celebrities. The 2013 event on April 27th was no exception, with power players from many fields mingling and sparkling from the red carpet into the ballroom. The evening’s agenda featured scholarship recipients, comedian Conan O’Brien and President Obama himself cracking jokes. (more…)
Authorities are investigating a letter addressed to President Barack Obama after the contents tested positive for ricin. The FBI said the envelope was received at a mail screening facility outside the White House and was immediately quarantined. Today’s graphic has everything you need to know about the deadly poision ricin.
The “fiscal cliff” of steep government spending cuts and tax rises set to be implemented under existing law in early 2013 may cut the federal budget deficit, but economists warn it also could bring the economy back into recession. Today’s graphic shows the projected debt and reduction in budget deficit that will occur if the fiscal cliff is not avoided.
Michael Lewis on his exclusive with President Barack Obama in Vanity Fair. Lewis tells Impact Players host Robert Wolf what makes Obama tick and how Goldman Sachs played a role in Europe’s financial crisis. The author of “Moneyball” and “Boomerang” also says the thought of a CEO being president would be disastrous.
Democratic leaders including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Obama economic advisor Austan Goolsbee tell Robert Wolf that the economy has made significant progress since President Obama took office. In a Google+ Hangout, the two and other party officials also talk healthcare and women’s issues with the Reuters TV Impact Players host.