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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.




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.


Larry Kudlow on fixing the business tax rates, supply side economics and getting sober

Former adviser to President Ronald Reagan and CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow discusses his role in shaping the Trump tax plan and where Republicans went wrong with the individual side cuts. Kudlow explains why he believes the cutting the corporate rate will raise the U.S. growth rate to 3 or 4 percent, and how trade would be impacted if the United States pulls out of NAFTA. Plus, Kudlow recounts his struggle to get sober to in the 90's and how it was a crucial turning point in his life.


Get smart on the tax debate

Want to sound smart when your Thanksgiving conversation invariably turns to marginal tax rates and corporate hiring behavior? Ben White hosts a reporter roundtable featuring Nancy Cook, Seung Min Kim and Brian Faler, join the group as they unpack the Republican tax cut effort from every angle. The issues explored include: Why are Republicans doing this now when the economy seems to be doing fine? Will it really light a fire under growth and drive up wages? Can the GOP cross the finish line...


Trump and taxes goosing stocks? This Wall Street titan downplays both

Blackstone President Tony James joins POLITICO Money this week to discuss the Republican's tax reform plan, the stock market's stability, and if Hillary Clinton's Wall Street ties ultimately cost her the 2016 election. James also explains why he does not believe that the markets are crying out for corporate tax cuts and how specific provisions in the tax reform bill would hurt business growth.


Larry Summers warns Trump on stock market brags

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers sits down with Ben White to discuss the pitfalls of presidents taking credit for the stock market's performance, his criticisms of the GOP tax plan and his tenure at Harvard. Summers also reflects back on his failed candidacy to become chair of the Federal Reserve four years ago and his commitment to maintaining an "optimistic" outlook.


BONUS: Trump picks Powell

President Donald Trump ended months of reality show-style speculation by picking Jay Powell to lead the central bank, settling on a seasoned veteran for one of the world's most important economic jobs and signaling there won't be drastic changes at the Fed. In a bonus episode of POLITICO Money, Ben White and Victoria Guida dive into why the president chose Powell, if he'll actually be all that different from Janet Yellen, and what this means for the markets.


Top Trump economist on tax policy and pulling Americans back into the workforce

Council of Economic Advisers Chair Kevin Hassett discusses tax policy and the claim that proposed cuts will add at least $4,000 in increased wages per household over the next several years. Hassett also opens up about being "the nice guy" in a tumultuous political environment, the role of the Council of Economic Advisers, and his belief that some Americans are so disconnected from the workforce that the best idea to get them working again could be a federal jobs program.


Chuck Schumer on negotiating with Trump, renominating Yellen and baseball heartbreaks

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has an odd-couple friendship of sorts with President Donald Trump. But the Senate minority leader says it's a purely transactional relationship and Democrats won’t cut any more deals with the White House on taxes or anything else until Trump's Republicans-only approach fails.


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on taxes, Trump's tweets and Hamilton

Steven Mnuchin opens up about his relationship with President Trump and how he became treasury secretary, what's on his bookshelf, the Lakers, and D.C. versus L.A. Plus, the treasury secretary tells Ben White a tax overhaul is guaranteed by the end of the year.


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