Ellen Tauscher, Former Undersecretary of State for Arms Control & International Security, 2009-12
Topic: The Pentagon has drafted contingency plans for military action in Syria, while pledging $10 million in help to Syrian people. Congress has also moved to impose tougher sanctions on the Assad regime. Meanwhile, policymakers continue to debate next steps to ease tensions between the U.S. and Iran and Israel as well.
Jim Towey, Ave Maria University, President
Topic: Guest will discuss the lawsuit against the Obama administration filed by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty on behalf of Ave Maria University regarding the birth control coverage mandate, as well as President Obama’s Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and how it compares/contrasts with the office he headed up under President George W. Bush, the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
Steve Landefeld, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Director
Topic: Guests will discuss the latest numbers released this morning on U.S. International Trade in Goods & Services for January, 2012; the U.S. balance of trade in imports and exports; the U.S. trade deficit; how trade affects the overall national economy; the U.S.’ biggest trading partners; U.S. trade with China; foreign ownership of U.S. assets; U.S. companies’ investment and hiring abroad; and foreign companies investment in the U.S.