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Sweden Coronavirus Regrets; Boris Johnson's Hong Kong Promise

Sweden's state epidemiologist has expressed regrets about not having tighter coronavirus controls. What's the reaction been in Sweden?

Well, the guy has been going somewhat back and forth over what he actually meant by that particular statement. But I think there's a general feeling, yes, we could have done things better that relates to testing and that relates to quite a number of other things. And there is a concern that as Europe is now opening up, Swedes are treated as slightly different, slightly more dangerous than people from other countries. There is concern over that.

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Ian Bremmer: spin vs reality of COVID-19 response

More than 50% of the planet is presently locked in place. Impact on the global economy is extraordinary. Oil prices in the floor - when you shut down global supply and demand for the economy, you don't need a lot of energy. And when you have a limited amount of places to store that energy, further production is nearly worthless.

Here in the United States, what has been politically, reasonably functional so far is about to become much less so. Those of you watching the White House press conference every day, and if you watch cable news right afterwards, that's a complete shit show. It's made for television, political theater and drama. But the actual policies we've seen from the United States so far, have been reasonably coordinated.

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Europe First with Sigmar Gabriel

Ian talks with Sigmar Gabriel, formerly Germany’s Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor and currently an outspoken member of the Bundestag. That’s like the U.S. House of Representatives with a two-beer minimum. And of course, we’ve got your Puppet Regime.

Haasstile Actors

President Donald J. Trump is on the cusp of waging three wars at once: political, economic, and boots-on-the-ground real.

So says Council on Foreign Relations President Richard N. Haass in a remarkably chipper interview for today's show.

+Tarriffying Trade Escalation with China + Syria Withdrawal(?) +Israel/Palestine Border Fights

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