Will the US stave off depression? Will Biden unite Democrats?

Ben White, Chief Economic Correspondent for Politico, provides his perspective on the news in US politics: Is the US doing enough to fight off a prolonged recession or depression?

I'd say the Fed, the central bank is doing enough with its giant programs that it has rolled out over the last couple of weeks. Congress did a good job with the first $2 trillion package. Needs to do more in help for small businesses, States and localities, and hospitals. So, no partisan fighting, more passing of bills.


What does Joe Biden need to do to unite the Democratic party now that Bernie Sanders is out?

I don't think he has to do a ton, there's a lot of unity to beat Donald Trump. And a lot of the hard core, Bernie Dems are in blue states like New York and California. That said, it would be good if he reached out to them on health care and the environment in ways that don't alienate moderate suburban swing voters.

Is the new OPEC oil deal to cut production a big win for Trump and the US economy?

Well, it's something of a win, although 10 million barrels cut does not match the drop in demand. Oil prices stop their tanking, but they're certainly not rising. So, I'd say a moderate win for Trump, a moderate win for the US economy, but not a blockbuster

Microsoft announced earlier this year the launch of a new United Nations representation office to deepen their support for the UN's mission and work. Many of the big challenges facing society can only be addressed effectively through multi-stakeholder action. Whether it's public health, environmental sustainability, cybersecurity, terrorist content online or the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, Microsoft has found that progress requires two elements - international cooperation among governments and inclusive initiatives that bring in civil society and private sector organizations to collaborate on solutions. Microsoft provided an update on their mission, activities for the 75th UN General Assembly, and the team. To read the announcement from Microsoft's Vice President of UN Affairs, John Frank, visit Microsoft On The Issues.

Over the past eight days, the US-China relationship got notably hotter. None of the new developments detailed below is big enough by itself to kill hopes for better relations next year, but collectively they point in a dangerous direction.

US jabs over Hong Kong: On September 14, the US State Department issued a travel warning for the city because of what it calls China's "arbitrary enforcement of local laws" by police. The US is closely monitoring the case of 10 people detained by China while attempting to flee to Taiwan by boat. China's response to US criticism of its new security law in Hong Kong remains muted. That could change if relations deteriorate further.

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Trump is willing to give up Wisconsin for Belarus' democracy? When multilateralism hits the Zoom calls, we can't really tell what's real and what's not. #PUPPETREGIME

Kevin Sneader, global managing partner for McKinsey & Company, provides perspective on how the pandemic has influenced climate action:

Has the pandemic helped or harmed efforts to tackle climate change?

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In a new interview with GZERO World host Ian Bremmer, conducted on the eve of the 2020 General Assembly, UN Secretary-General António Guterres confronts the challenges of leading a multilateral organization in an increasingly nationalistic world. "I am not naïve," he tells Bremmer. "I know this is going to be a very tough ideological battle."

Watch the episode: UN Secretary-General António Guterres: Why we still need the United Nations

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