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October 11, 2013

Weekly Show

The political and economic consequences of the government shutdown and the impact should the U.S. default; Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve; and SCOTUS takes on the campaign finance law. Joining Gwen: Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics; Greg Ip, The Economist; Jim Tankersley, Washington Post; Joan Biskupic, Reuters.

Machine-gun Bernanke

Essential Reads

It is almost impossible to imagine the Federal Reserve, as currently constituted, acting more aggressively to speed up the economy than it did Thursday afternoon. After months of tinkering with monetary policy on the margins of an ongoing American jobs crisis, amid escalating cries that Ben Bernanke had run out of weapons to fight unemployment, the Fed has unleashed a full and sustained burst of monetary stimulus.

What is the Fed Waiting For?

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It's best to think of the Federal Reserve today as a seventh-grade boy at a school dance, shuffling up to a girl, with all their friends watching. That music has a great beat, he says, and you sure do look like you enjoy dancing. She blinks expectantly. He opens his mouth. Then closes it, and walks away.

Fed Mulls Another Boost to Ailing Economy

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The Federal Reserve doesn’t usually drop hints and then fail to follow through with them. Fed officials spent much of July hinting that a new batch of monetary stimulus is in the works, both in public speeches and bugs carefully placed in influential reporters’ ears.

Central Banks Swing Into Action; Encouraging, Terrifying

On The Radar

Central bankers around the world are very, very worried about Europe, and they’re starting to do something about it. This is equal parts terrifying and encouraging. That’s the critical takeaway from the liquidity injection – a fancy way of saying, turning up the spigot on global lending – embarked upon on Wednesday by the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, and four other central banks from around the globe. The coordinated effort will make it cheaper for foreign banks to borrow U.S.

Bernanke Urges Congress to Do More on Economy

On The Radar

Ben Bernanke urged U.S. lawmakers to do more to help the economy; however, he was careful to not send any new signals about a possible QE program, WSJ economics editor David Wessel reports on Markets Hub. Photo: Reuters.

Bernanke tells Congress to cut out the brinkmanship over budget

On The Radar

Ben S. Bernanke went to Congress on Tuesday with a message: Cut out the brinkmanship over tax and spending policy and slash budget deficits more than planned — but don’t do it so fast that it undermines economic growth.

August 26, 2011

Weekly Show

Libyan rebels seized Tripoli, invaded Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s compound and he’s on the run. What will it take to establish a new government? Also, Rick Perry vaults to the lead for the GOP presidential nomination, and Ben Bernanke assesses the economy. Joining Gwen Ifill: Nancy Youssef, McClathy Newspapers; Doyle McManus, LA Times; Michael Duffy, TIME Magazine; & Jim Tankersley, National Journal.

On the Radar: June 8, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

April 29, 2011

Weekly Show

Washington D.C. was busy this week with a national security team shuffle, newly published Wiki-leaks documents on Guantanamo Bay, the release of the President's long form birth certificate, and Ben Bernanke’s first press conference. Joining Gwen: Mark Mazzetti, New York Times; Tom Gjelten, NPR; John Harwood, CNBC/New York Times; and Karen Tumulty, Washington Post.