What do the Dems and GOP still agree on?

Ben White, Chief Economic Correspondent for Politico, answers your most burning questions on US Politics!

What will Chief Justice John Roberts' role be in the Senate impeachment trial?

Well, as chief justice, he presides over the trial, but it's largely a ceremonial role. Most of the actual work gets done by senators led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. So, it should not put John Roberts in too many difficult political positions.

Would a Warren-Sanders ticket be a dream or a nightmare for Democrats?

I think it'd be a terrible nightmare for them. I think they'd lose every swing state. Too many people afraid that it's a too left wing ticket and afraid they'd lose their privately provided health care. So, I think it'd be a disaster. I don't think it's going to happen.

Finally, in this age of polarization, partisanship, are there any things that Democrats or Republicans still agree on?

Well, they agree on USMCA, the trade deal which looks like it's going to sail through both houses. Already passed the House, will pass the Senate in January. And they agree that deficits no longer matter. Both parties happy to spend tons of money to avoid a shutdown and send everybody home for the holidays. So, deficits don't matter. They all agree on that.

As Europe inches past the peak of COVID-19 deaths and the US slowly approaches it, many poorer countries are now staring into an abyss. As bad as the coronavirus crisis is likely to be in the world's wealthiest nations, the public health and economic blow to less affluent ones, often referred to as "developing countries," could be drastically worse. Here's why:

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25: A divorce lawyer in Shanghai told Bloomberg News that his business has surged 25% since the city began easing its lockdown in mid-March, as being cooped up on lockdown evidently exposed irreconcilable differences in people's marriages.

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Japan mulls state of emergency: Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe is poised to declare a "state of emergency" because of the coronavirus pandemic, giving local governments the authority to order people to stay in their homes and shutter businesses and schools. Japan has so far managed the crisis without the kinds of sweeping lockdowns seen elsewhere, but a surge of new cases in recent days – particularly in Tokyo – has put pressure on the government to do more. Japan has one of the world's oldest populations – a third of its people are older than 65, the demographic most vulnerable to COVID-19. The emergency decision comes at a tough time. Japan's economy has been hurting for several months now, as China's massive lockdowns in January and February cratered demand for Japanese exports. In order to deal with the fallout that comes with putting his economy on life-support, PM Abe said the government would push through a $1 trillion stimulus package.

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As reports swirl from sources in the U.S. Intelligence Community that China vastly underreported the number of COVID-19 cases and related deaths, China's top diplomat in the U.S., Ambassador Cui Tiankai, joined Ian Bremmer for an exclusive conversation in which he responds to the claim.

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