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Meet at the intersection of Washington and Wall Street with the most influential minds on the economy. Every Wednesday, Ben White and the POLITICO team will help you understand the economic and financial policies that move markets in the U.S. and around the world.

Meet at the intersection of Washington and Wall Street with the most influential minds on the economy. Every Wednesday, Ben White and the POLITICO team will help you understand the economic and financial policies that move markets in the U.S. and around the world.
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Meet at the intersection of Washington and Wall Street with the most influential minds on the economy. Every Wednesday, Ben White and the POLITICO team will help you understand the economic and financial policies that move markets in the U.S. and around the world.




Austan Goolsbee: Does debt limit hypocrisy drive you nuts?

Former top Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee joins POLITICO Money to discuss President Trump potentially putting political pressure on the Federal Reserve. Goolsbee also reflects back on his own experiences in the Obama administration, especially leaving the White House on the day in 2011 when Standard & Poor’s downgraded U.S. debt for the first time ever in the midst of a bitter debt limit crisis.


Governor Hickenlooper has a vision for fixing American's polarized politics

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Ben White come to you live from Midtown in New York City. The governor discusses his recent visit to the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, the impact of steel and aluminum tariffs on the beer industry in Colorado, a possible "unity ticket" with Governor Kasich and, of course, baseball.


Facebook faces regulation questions in wake of Cambridge Analytica

This week, Ben unpacks the personal data questions swirling around the Cambridge Analytica scandal and examines what kind of government regulation could prevent privacy violations going forward. David Kirkpatrick, author of "The Facebook Effect," discusses how this data leak happened and how the company is responding to the crisis. POLITICO tech reporter Nancy Scola also joins the show to talk regulation options and how heavy governance could impact the targeted advertising business.


Could tariffs trigger a trade war with China?

This week, Ben delves into Donald Trump’s plan to slap as much as $60 billion in tariffs on imported Chinese goods. Does the president misunderstand the nature of the U.S. trade relationship with China? Or is it imperative that tariffs be used to protect American workers?


A reality check on watering down Dodd-Frank

This week Ben White explores the Crapo bill, the legislation that reforms the Dodd-Frank Act by scaling back regulations on regional banks. The banking bill is supported by some moderate Democrats, but is getting criticized by the far left. Is there teeth to the argument or are we wading into partisan politics?


Ask Ben Anything: Will there be a trade war?

In this edition of Ask Ben Anything: trade, tariffs, beer cans... he answers it all. Host Ben White tackles listener-submitted questions on the tariff talks taking over economic news this week, and reveals his deep knowledge of a specific Star Wars movie (not the one you'd expect) at the same time.


Fed Chair Jay Powell's first big Capitol Hill test

Newly installed Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome "Jay" Powell turned in a smooth inaugural performance on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, parrying both Republican and Democratic attempts to get him to make news. Ben assesses the top takeaways from the testimony and welcomes Glenn Hubbard, Dean of the Columbia University business school and close friend of Powell’s, to discuss the Fed Chair's economic outlook.


Sallie Krawcheck on why Wall Street hasn't had its "Me Too" moment

Former top executive at Citigroup and current CEO of Ellevest Sallie Krawcheck has some ideas for why the testosterone-fueled world of Wall Street has not yet had a 'Me Too' moment. Sallie also discusses combating "mansplaining" and how financial independence impacts women's politics.


Mark Meadows on frustrations of being a deficit hawk on the Hill

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows joins POLITICO Money to discuss being a fiscally conservative stronghold in the midst of exploding deficits and rising debt. Meadows also speaks out against the White House's handling of the Rob Porter scandal and explains why the House should take the lead of immigration. Meadows is undoubtedly frustrated. But he won't overthrow the House leadership ... not yet, at least.


Stock market volatility is back. Mohamed El-Erian says that may not be a bad thing.

Mohamed A. El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz, analyzes the recent chaos in the stock market and what it means for the country's larger economic picture. El-Erian also discusses the tax cut, running a responsible deficit and if the recent Fed Chair change contributed to the downturn.


Top 5 Money takeaways from State of the Union

Ben White breaks down the top money moments from President Trump's 2018 State of the Union address. Ben dissects the infrastructure, tax and trade points, and analyzes how the assertions with play with Democrats, fact checks claims, and discusses Trump's "Morning in America" moment.


Senator Jim Inhofe urges action from White House on infrastructure

Oklahoma Republican Senator Jim Inhofe discusses working with the White House on an infrastructure proposal, where the $1 trillion in funding would come from, and how the shutdown affected the agenda item's timetable. Inhofe also discusses President Trump's nontraditional leadership style and why Trump's tweets have been "helpful" in chastening North Korea.


Senator Tom Carper on infrastructure funding, Amtrak improvements and the Detroit Tigers

Top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Senator Tom Carper discusses the crumbling state of infrastructure in the country and how much the Trump administration is reportedly willing to spend to make necessary improvements. Carper also talks about his daily Amtrak commute, why he's loved the Detroit Tigers since he was a child ,and his trusty mini-van with over 400,000 miles on it.


Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew: 'The world is on the edge right now'

Former Obama Chief of Staff and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew discusses the Trump administration's "luck" this far, the stock market's resilience to global threats, and how he raised spirits in the White House following Hillary Clinton's 2016 loss.


The year ahead at the intersection of Wall Street and Washington

POLITICO's Ben White, Nancy Cook and Aaron Lorenzo dig into President Donald Trump’s likely agenda for the year, which could include demands for a border wall, tough actions on trade and at least an attempt to get bipartisan support for a major infrastructure bill. They also explain the weird stuff that happened with the tax cut bill over the holiday break including homeowners in blue states racing to prepay their 2018 property taxes and states looking at creative solutions including...


Behind the bitcoin bubble

Is the cryptocurrency's rise just beginning or near its end? In the latest POLITICO Money podcast, experts pick apart the bitcoin speculation.


Former U.S. trade chief: GOP tax cuts will lead to trade deficit surge

Michael Froman says that more government borrowing from the new tax plan will likely boost the U.S. trade gap despite Trump's wishes. The former U.S. trade chief discusses why trade frequently becomes a scapegoat for economic anxieties, the consequences of pulling out of TPP and why trade deficits aren't necessarily a bad thing.


Are tax cuts worth adding $1 trillion in debt?

Top Republican economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin criticizes tactics in the tax debate, but says he expects stronger economic growth as a result. Holtz-Eakin discusses the disappearing American dream, staying in your lane in Trump's Washington and why Republicans should just be straight about the bet they are making on growth and higher deficits.


To make the economy great again, bring women back to the workforce

A new report from Standard & Poor's chief U.S. economist Beth Ann Bovino says that the economy may be bolstered not by tax cuts, but by getting more women into the workforce and providing more incentives for them to stay. Bovino joins Politico's Ben White to discuss her report, the economic cost of sexual harassment in the workplace and how the U.S. could take a few lessons from Norway.


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