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Can the administration and Congress move forward on $2 trillion infrastructure plan?

The Current

Release Date: 04/30/2019

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With Israel's elections deadlocked between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and the centrist Blue and White party, headed by Benny Gantz, Natan Sachs explains what's at stake for Netanyahu personally, and the ramifications for Israeli politics, democracy, and U.S. relations. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2LYpkV9  Subscribe to Brookings podcasts on Apple or on Google podcasts, send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter. The Current is part of the Brookings Podcast Network.  

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Following British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to suspend Parliament, Amanda Sloat explains the extraordinary nature of this usually standard procedure, whether the opposition in Parliament might trigger new elections with a no-confidence vote, and whether this is all a political gambit to strengthen the Conservative Party's hand in the run-up to the October 31 Brexit deadline. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2UdFX2E  Subscribe to Brookings podcasts on Apple or on Google podcasts, send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us...

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Under Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, deforestation of the Amazon has risen, and consequently so have the number of fires throughout the Amazon region. Nonresident Senior Fellow Otaviano Canuto addresses the need for sustainable economic development across the Amazon region, how the fires could affect Brazil's future participation in the global economy, and whether public and political support for Bolsonaro's policies will reach a breaking point.  Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2PkxX1c  Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on Apple podcasts, send...

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Following Denmark’s rejection of a U.S. offer to buy Greenland, Scott Anderson weighs in on the diplomatic incident prompted by the White House’s cancellation of a meeting between President Trump and Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. Anderson explains the international principles of self-determination that shape Greenland’s increasingly autonomous relationship with Denmark, the failure of the White House’s policymaking process, and how other U.S. allies could react if the administration doesn’t take steps to deescalate. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/321Q39P ...

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Following the resignation of Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Brookings Visiting Fellow Giovanna De Maio explains what led to the government crisis, the likelihood of Italy's political parties forming a new coalition government, and whether Matteo Salvini's League has enough popular support to win an outright majority in elections. De Maio also examines the "Moscopoli" scandal over the role of Russian financing in Italy's politics. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2KNfypH  Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on Apple podcasts, send feedback email...

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Amid a turbulent week in the U.S.-China trade war, Senior Fellow David Dollar explains why the value of China’s yuan is falling and whether the U.S. Treasury Department’s designation of China as a currency manipulator is accurate. Dollar also discusses the effect that the yuan’s depreciation had on the U.S. stock market, why markets stabilized on Tuesday, and the prospects of a de-escalation of tensions. Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on Apple podcasts, send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us...

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Following the U.S. withdrawal from the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, Frank Rose examines the Trump administration's reasons for exiting the treaty, steps the U.S. should take to avoid escalating an arms race, and the need for any new arms control treaties to be responsive to the changing security environment in Europe and Asia. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2LXwBae  Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on Apple podcasts, send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on...

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Following Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's meeting with President Donald Trump, Visiting Fellow Madiha Afzal examines whether this visit succeeded at repairing relations between the U.S. and Pakistan, Pakistan's role in talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, as well as Trump and Khan's personal similarities. Full show notes: https://brook.gs/32O9mEu  Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on Apple podcasts, send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter. The Current is part of...

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A new report from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization shows that the number of undernourished people in the world has been on the rise since 2015, with more than 2 billion lacking regular access to nutritious and sufficient food. Brookings Senior Fellow John McArthur examines the trends of rising hunger and obesity and recommends using all the sustainable development goals as a North Star to design policies to meet these twin challenges. McArthur also explores how global momentum toward the sustainable development goals has progressed at the local level even while official...

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Following Labor Secretary Alex Acosta's resignation, Kathryn Dunn Tenpas updates her count of the Trump administration's unprecedented levels of senior staff turnover and examines the effect leadership turmoil has on the ability of departments and agencies to govern. Full show notes available here: https://brook.gs/2l5lPT2  Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on Apple podcasts, send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter. The Current is part of the Brookings Podcast Network.

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Brookings Fellow Adie Tomer explains what's included in the $2 trillion infrastructure proposal announced Tuesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer following their meeting with President Trump, and how federal infrastructure programs are woefully outdated. 

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2GSh070 

Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on Apple podcasts, send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

The Current is part of the Brookings Podcast Network.