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Republicans Drop Trump Healthcare Bill
It is being seen as the biggest setback so far for the Trump presidency. The healthcare reform bill, drawn up by the House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and backed by the president was finally pulled on Friday afternoon. Two days of delayed voting revealed what many already assumed: there were not enough votes to get it through. We ask Daniel Lippman, reporter for Politico and a co-author of Politico's Playbook how big a setback this is for Donald Trump? President Trump has approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. It will bring 800,000 barrels of crude oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico every day. The pipeline has faced much environmental opposition, but Sir Jonathan Porritt - a leading campaigner on climate change - tells us why in spite of this decision, he is not downcast. All this and more discussed with our guest Colin Peacock, from Radio New Zealand, throughout the show. Photo: U.S. President Donald Trump with HHS Secretary Tom Price and Vice President Mike Pence after Republicans abruptly pulled their health care bill from the House floor, March 24, 2017. Credit: Getty Images.
Hardline Conservatives Threaten To Sink 'Trumpcare'
Trumpcare is in trouble. Congress is less than enthusiastic about the President's replacement for Obamacare, so will it get the House of Representatives' vote on Friday? We ask Daniel Lippmann of Politico Playbook. The Escondida copper mine in Chile is the largest of its kind in the world, contributing 5% of global copper supply. Its miners had been on strike for the last 6 weeks, over a pay dispute with the owners, BHP Biliton. But they have now agreed to go back to work. Paula Molina, a journalist based in Santiago, explains what happened. And whatever happened to the business lunch? Once upon a time, the world's biggest deals took place in alcohol and smoke-filled rooms . Not any more, here in London at least, where the BBC's Elizabeth Hotson has been charting the decline. All this and more discussed with our two guests on opposite sides of the Pacific. Kara Alaimo, Assistant Professor at Hofstra University and Author of "Pitch, Tweet, or Engage on the Street", in New York. And John Wood, founder of Room To Read, in Hong Kong. Photo: health care activists hold placards during a rally at Freedom Plaza on March 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty Images.
Terror Attack in Westminster
The first part of the programme is dedicated to Wednesday's attack in the heart of London. We get the latest on what happened and ask what the security services can do to try to stop such incidents. Richard Barrett, former director of global counter terrorism operations at the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, explains that the UK security services have been warning of the likelihood of an attack for some time. Is the US ban on electronic devices on flights from the Middle East designed to protect American business interests as much as the travelling public? A question put to Brian Kelly, who runs a New York based travel website thepointsguy.com. Staying in the United States, we look at the country's budget. Mike de Bonis, congressional reporter at the Washington Post, tells us that President Trump's tax and spending proposals are rapidly turning into an almighty political row. Our two guests throughout the show are Diane Brady, a columnist and author in New York and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, a journalist with India's Economic and Political Weekly in New Delhi. (Photo: An armed police officer stands guard near Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament on 22 March 2017. Credit: Getty Images)
Retailers Attack Proposed US Border Tax
A significant plan on tax reform is coming from the Trump Administration. Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) would be paid on goods imported into America and is meant to even out imbalances in money flows across borders. But the National Retail Federation says the BAT would kill jobs and increase costs on everyday necessities. Their leaders meet with Congress on Wednesday to try and kill BAT. We speak to their Senior Vice President for Government Relations, David French. Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon said today that the country's future should be decided by the people who live there rather than having it "imposed upon us". But what would Scotland's economic prospects be if the country voted to go it alone? Roger Bootle, Chairman of Capital Economics tells us the UK's future should not be decided on the basis of the Brexit vote. Back in the eighteenth century gin didn't have a good reputation in Britain. It was nicknamed 'mother's ruin' because of the disastrous effects of the alcoholic drink on the family and the wider economy. But fast forward to the 21st century and gin is rising in popularity and cost, as Mike Johnson reports. All this and more discussed with our two guests throughout the show. Jyoti Malhotra, Senior Journalist and President, South Asian Women in Media, in Delhi and Adam Allington, of Marketplace in Washington. (Photo: a line of cargo trucks crosses from the Mexico to the US. Credit: Getty Images.)
FBI Confirms Trump-Russia Investigation
FBI director James Comey has confirmed for the first time that the FBI is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. We get analysis from Courtney Weaver, political correspondent at the Financial Times in Washington. The number of countries banning meat from Brazil continues to rise, after allegations health inspectors were bribed to allow rotten meat to go on sale. We hear from Neil Shearing at consultancy Capital Economics and Paul Kiernan the Rio de Janeiro correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. Since the last referendum on Scottish independence in September 2014 there's been a new First Minister of Scotland. There's also a new UK Prime Minister. Brexit is underway and there's a potential second referendum to discuss. Our reporter Dave Howard has been to Scotland's oil centre, Aberdeen, to see the way the Scottish economy has changed since the last referendum. Google has apologised after adverts from major firms and government agencies appeared next to extremist content on its YouTube website. The big UK retailer Marks and Spencer has become the latest firm to pull its online ads over the issue. We hear from Paul Smith, director-general of ISBA which represents British advertisers. Our weekly commentator Lucy Kellaway, of the Financial Times, is on her final countdown. Later this year she'll leave journalism to start a new career as a maths teacher. They say that a change is as good as a rest but Lucy says her decision to move on goes deeper than that. We look at the business stories gripping other parts of the globe with the BBC's Rahul Tandon in the Indian city of Kolkata. And we're joined throughout the programme by two guests on opposite sides of the Pacific; in New York, José Martín, a radical organizer and researcher of social unrest and David Kuo of the Motley Fool website, who's in Singapore. Picture description: James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), testifies during a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing concerning Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election. Photo credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images