Guy Raz talks with weekly commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times, about the tough spot Congress is in, observations on the political divide, economic mobility and disagreement over core values.
Monday is the deadline for the supercommittee to announce its deficit-reduction plan. But it's widely expected the bipartisan panel will admit it has failed. Each side is blaming the other for not budging on obstacles to an agreement.
President Obama wrapped up a nine-day trip to Asia today, during which he announced a troop build up in Australia and a rare State Department visit to the isolationist country of Myanmar formerly known as Burma. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host host Laura Sullivan speaks with James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, about the trip — as well as other stories from the past week.
For British economist Sir John Maynard Keynes, consumption — economic or otherwise — was what made the world go 'round. His ideas about how to nurture national economies, and when to intervene, are still being debated, 65 years after his death.
President Obama was in Hawaii over the weekend for a summit of Asian-Pacific leaders. Before he left, he made phone calls to the Democratic and Republican chairs of the supercommittee, which is dealing with debt-reduction in Congress.
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