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you have for breakfast yesterday why would you put those through. your wife. why do you need to know i reviewed you do you want to. time when the frances is a dream boss broadcasting around the world from washington d.c. tonight in an executive order signed by president trump venezuela has sweeping sanctions slapped on it by the united states and a move to strangle the resources of president nicolas maduro as embattled government and trade between the united states and china the tensions are ratcheting up there as well now could it mean a future trade war i've got an expert to fill us in on that also it's time to talk about the u.s. debt ceiling and a looming government. shutdown my gas former u.s.
trading commissioner joins me for that. start right now. i. bet as well and now faces massive financial sanctions placed on it by an executive order signed by president trump and perhaps its financial institutions probably providing new money to the government or state oil company p.d.s.a. and the company's u.s. subsidiary citgo is prevented also from sending dividends back to venezuela take a listen to treasury secretary state and. u.s. persons are prohibited from engaging in specified dealings involving the government of venezuela and its instrumentalities this includes state owned oil company and if
. these prohibitions extend to transactions road to beauty's occurring in the united states. and act would be instruments and raptors that tensions between the two countries it makes it harder for embattled president nicolas maduro to raise badly needed funds to prevent a debt default. at an annual conference of central bankers in jackson hole wyoming federal reserve chair janet yellen says the web of regulations the fed helped enact after the two thousand and eight financial crisis helped restore the banking systems health she did point out that the fed is prepared to adjust the regulations to help financial institutions and she disputed criticism that the rules have hurt lending the state of the economy or the near future of interest rates was not expanded upon the central bank has gradually raised its benchmark short term interest rate but most fed watchers expect no rate hike be forced december at the very earliest yellen is again scrapping the two thousand and ten dog frank law as
a threat to the economy something president donald trump has pushed for he has mention of though her replacement in january possibly gary cohn who leads trumps national economic council. and when congress returns from its august recess in september they've got a lot to do but the top priority is passing legislation to keep the government running the on the current fiscal year which ends on september thirtieth and an increase in the debt ceiling tensions between the republican leaders in the house and senate and president have been mounting as the president seeks to build his border wall and wants the legislation to keep the government open to include funding are we going to see a game of washington chicken are we headed for a government shutdown here to discuss this someone who has seen and been a part of government for three decades for us reading chelton thank you so many minutes and lots of shows. for lots of chicken games we have the spending bills to keep the government open and the debt ceiling need to be raised some people confuse
the two though what they are and why they need to get done while the debt ceiling is really that it's an amount of us take on. every year the treasury department what's congress you know congress holds the purse strings of course how much they can spend to fulfill. obligations that have already been made by congress appropriations that already have taken place a lot of people some politicians say i won't vote to increase the debt well the previous congress already voted to increase the debt this is just a matter of paying for it and it would be a huge big deal if we ever defaulted on our debt it would be like us not paying our mortgage and our credit rating for united states would go down markets would be in a tumble so that's the one thing that's a debt ceiling no on the government funding that's just keeping the government open all these important things that can be shut down and you know it's been really unfortunate to see the president with his game of chicken talking almost gleefully
about he how he wants to run towards a government shutdown because important things mean air traffic controllers food safety the center for disease control were used to work at the agriculture department meat inspections a drug inspections getting your tax refund from the i.r.s. a small business loans these are huge things last time we had a shutdown right two thousand and thirteen thousand sixteen days it cost the federal government twenty five billion dollars and a hundred twenty thousand private sector jobs was what the office of management and budget is not some crazy group office management budgets that so you know the president talking gleefully about we need a good government shutdown or something just really dangerous rhetoric right who talks about it like it's some sort of a shake up what's really it's not if it's a collapse candidate trying to promise what he called a big beautiful border while he's done it time and again as we as we've heard mexico would pay for it he's been having some trouble with capitol hill same's
wants u.s. taxpayers to build his wall or might shut the government down as you sat let's listen. we will build a really. bad. you know what you're going to hear. now the obstructionist democrats would like us not to do it but believe me we have to close down our government we're building that wall. what do we what do we do with us paul ryan is screaming from the sidelines saying pump the brakes he can't say that enough like us weekly now that what is going on and. so i think the mexicans are saying no say i mean we don't know what you're talking about and you recall that the transcript from a phone call with the mexican president was released where the president essentially said hey just don't say that you're not going to pay for it any time now that's not even one of the most important things we're going to discuss but on
the on the on the stump as he was in phoenix that clip you showed last week he's still on this big beautiful border wall they're all chanting for the border wall but people were chanting for him they thought mexico was going to pay for it not u.s. taxpayers and it doesn't appear to be some strategically important thing the president also by the way in phoenix said crossing to the border are down forty seven percent well good for him and if it's down forty seven percent maybe we just need an electric fence maybe we don't need a big huge gold plated border wall that's going to cost billions and billions of dollars for u.s. taxpayers so but i do think you're right lindsey about speaker ryan house speaker ryan he's sort of keep saying it's going to be ok and it reminds me of you know the family that has a dysfunctional crazy uncle and says you know it's ok that's just awful donald don't worry about it commie gets a free pass he does and to some extent only has a leader next choice they do because you know he doesn't make good on some of the
things he's said whether or not he does want a government shutdown will have to see but you know the crazy uncle analogy just gets to be real scared we think about the power of the presidency particularly when it involves you know conflict in the nuclear codes but we have to see on the government shutdown it does look like it's hurdling towards us. shutdown and that would just be a horrendous thing for not just the federal government i mean to be a horrible thing for the country of a more very disturbing autumn there let's switch gears that we need to talk about some oil situations and of course safety of americans switching gears now to hearken harvey barreling down just off texas it's gone to level three we're talking for the worst major hurricane in twelve years the lescott we're talking of rising water the wind everything falling trees falling structures everyone's they're saying get out get out get out some people are of course staying we have got as state of disaster as been practically called since the hurricane is hitting the oil coast in texas what are the potential problems for refineries and other oil
infrastructure that the platforms at the refineries an entire ecosystem of oil i mean right there on that gold coast not just in texas where whole go coast accounts for fourteen percent of the oil production and forty five percent of the return refining capabilities so it's really important that the impact that it could have have the platforms the rigs the terminals those are being evacuated and shut down but this flooding that's going to be there for days and days we're talking about this system staying there until next week and there could be up to twenty four inches of water it could impact you know the pipelines that are coming and going from that area corpus christi in the houston area could be a big deal and we'll have to see what happens but. here's the good news lindsay the a lot of these systems the infrastructure was built since two thousand and four and it's been upgraded so they know how to take their heart and the other part of the good news is that after the summer driving season which is just about to end after labor day a lot of these refineries shut down to do maintenance so some of them may
choose to just go ahead shut down and do the maintenance early those are the two bright spots are pretty dismal circumstance ok well that answers a couple of the questions people people want answers to because you immediately think broken pipes oil spill out your mind goes to the very basic things but what about. oil and gasoline prices are back and pricing the lead out of the future is already here i've risen five point five cents in the last twenty four hours at three point three percent to one seventy one to gallon that's that's a wholesale trade on nine mixed with regard to this regular gas prices that you and i pay at the pump just up a penny in the last twenty four hours to two thirty five that's up seven cents in the last month sixteen cents in the last year but those prices could be up anywhere from five cents to twenty five cents after katrina prices went up forty cents and there's other things out there like you spoke about venezuela so what's your take on that what you know what's gonna happen is too broad but just for thirty seconds
to go what you want your take on this i think this bay indicate a new trump doctrine i have figured out well a doctor now in this area well here i mean if you think about what he's doing in afghanistan these. last monday night about we're going to take on the act we're going to get some of the economic development what he's talking about is minerals in afghanistan and then he's spoken also about what we're going to do with north korea we're going to get you know the iron ore so i think and then here we are talking about oil with venezuela so i just wonder if there's a new trump doctrine that somehow deals with the spoils of war and conflict i think it's something we need to look into deep very interesting commentary and reporting on that subject absolutely we're going to expand on that thank you so much our children former u.s. attorney a short. time after a quick break but stick around because when we get that we head into round three of brecht's ago she ations the u.k.'s has plans for a transitional measures and could we see the u.s. presence china and trade more my gas provide some analysis without
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new over oil companies the tech industry is now in charge of the world's most valuable commodity the resource in question personal data the rules that control the industry are lax at best artie's alex heil of edge has a story from toronto for us alex forget about oil the five most valuable companies in the world today are all high tech game and they are in control of very valuable information like you tell us about it well and so we all know these companies let's bring them up and see who they are oh surprise surprise look at this apple amazon facebook microsoft and google's parent company company alpha bit they have data on us and that data is gold you know when you go to the internet and you do searches or you're on facebook and you put those picks up you're commenting you're sharing your liking well they know exactly what you're doing and everything is just
collected on not sophistical alone think about it two billion almost two billion users on facebook that's bigger than any country on the face of the planet now this information can be used for good and evil and for good let's start with the good part i mean on a stool you go on the internet you're surfing if they know what you're doing and they can tune to you that companies get that data so they know what you're looking for and of course it becomes more personalized which is a good thing for companies it's great as well they can jump on trends before they even happen so when they see activity on the internet moving in a certain direction they can move faster than they were able to move before and of course this leads to bigger profits for everybody well it's a difficult industry to regulate the laws have a hard time catching up with the technology to sort out some of the negative issues that we're looking at here we're looking at a number of negative issues when you just look at the way that the internet companies behave look here's a here's a chart that will give you a good idea of how these to how it looks like the. eighty one percent of searches
eighty one percent of the search market belongs to google now that's massive and we're not talking about that you're talking about. monopoly so when you have these five companies it's very difficult for anybody to regulate this and just from that aspect alone regulators so if we were looking at anti trust regulators these countries basically run on a super national level they don't they're not working within borders so it's very difficult to say hey you know what this is a monopoly here you guys are taking over too much space for example facebook if you look at facebook and google they need to suck up about eighty eight percent of new advertising revenue on the internet that leaves a lot of other players out there without any money including news outlets including using companies like sony except they were trying to break into there and get some money so obviously when you have something like this it's basically lawless at this point is very difficult to regulate of course if there is some political resolve
this can move forward but we know how touchy we are about governments touching the internet and second of all there is the privacy aspect of all of this from pinterest to porn they know what people are doing on the internet so every move that you make is basically written down and noted that is a massive issue of course there's ways around this but the way it is right now both people just go on the internet and surf and don't really think about this and they're kind of ok with it so these are the aspects that are people are a little bit weary of and of course as i mentioned at their house to be some kind of political resolve if we're going to move forward this and of course there has to be a division because for once politicians start talking about regulating the internet everybody's hair stands on it that's absolutely right it's a big business but also because we keep hearing more and more stories that people are being violated their privacy at their photos their communications we're all a little terrified of it we just hope we get overlooked thank you so much for
talking with me about this alex for highlights coming out us from toronto. thank you and. the third round of negotiations are set for next week in the first two rounds the european union repeatedly leveled accusations at brighton that it lacks prepared when it sits at the table analysts along with prime minister teresa mayes own treasury have pushed against her desire for a hard exit recently we saw a few transition stipulations and a number of position papers published by the government they include trade customs the european court of justice and the border with northern ireland detailed in them are ways to obtain a two to three year transition period before leaving the customs union also to break off early be european court of justice is directed jurisdiction over britain and then to institute what it calls flexible solutions as it works to avoid border posts with ireland something not particularly well received by the e.u. . south korean court sentenced billionaire and former chief of
samsung lead j. hong to five years in prison for crimes that helped topple the country's president in an effort to cement his control over the samsung empire legia yong is guilty of bribery and best moment and hiding assets overseas the essence of the case is an ethical collusion between political power and capital offering bribes to pocketing high when she was south korea's president fed public outrage which contributed to pox removal. in the meantime samsung has rolled out a product it hopes will heal its rift with customers presales for the no eight is retailing for nearly a thousand dollars it's just hit pre-sales but a public rollout a full one is planned for september fifteenth the eight has a few new features but nothing revolutionary it may be a safety move by the company to reestablish its reputation after laughed last year's disaster when notes seven had to be recalled after
a dozen spontaneously con fire because of defective batteries. did the u.s. fire the first shot in a trade war with china after initiating an investigation into possible intellectual property rights violations by the country the white house says it may be harming the u.s. business trading with china citing section three zero one of the u.s. trade act of one thousand nine hundred seventy four let's take a deeper look now please welcome marshall auerbach research associate eat levy economics institute thanks for joining me look it's been said that in economic war with china is everything that was actually said by steve bannon former advisor to donald trump before he left the white house people really reacted to that do you think we could potentially enter into a trade war with china. it's always a possibility and bad in is not the first person who has made this kind of
a threat i mean the tensions build up repeatedly because you have a massive trade imbalance and china's favor and the two countries play the game appropriate trade with the according to very very different rules and expectations which i think could lead to political problems and conflict down the road. do you think the u.s. would actually be able to see any type of result that would sort of preserve relations but get what it wants out of this. well so far they have been very successful you know that the there is talk now that they're going to use trade as leverage on the chinese to help them secure a better outcome on north korea that doesn't seem to be going very far. they are not having that much success in terms of opening the markets so the trade imbalances do move somewhat more in america's favor when it whenever there's been an improvement in the trade imbalance is because china has started to slow down its
economy as opposed to any structural change which would allow u.s. companies greater access domestically in china what about china's major financial institutions though stopping one one example stopping north korea from development of nuclear weapons could the state owned enterprises and banks like bank of china china national petroleum corp be on the receiving end of something like this a harsh approach. well they could do mean the u.s. has not been a verse to stopping chinese institutions from acquiring. stakes in sectors of the american economy where there is a perceived by all national interest so we had that for a few years ago for example china's national oil refining company and you could easily see that again with north korea the chinese banks themselves are not as strongly embedded in the american pie national system as say the japanese banks were in the one nine hundred eighty s. so they don't have quite the same amount of leverage but that's certainly another attack another attack the they could take down the road one of the first things
a lot of americans think of when they think trade war with china are the cheap goods we get in the aisles in this country we're addicted to it if we did enter into a trade war with china affect the prices of these goods mediately with a focus on other markets what's your take on that. probably they would focus on other markets i mean the reality is i mean economists such as jamie galbraith have pointed out that china right now could on its own probably fulfill most of the manufacturing output that the rest of the world needs so it's not a big problem i suspect if they wish to if they had the markets restructure the u.s. first instance they would start to turn the to europe and that might create political tensions over there but i have no doubt that. that would be the they would certainly may make moves in that direction and then again it's nothing new for example when the u.s. imposed. softwood tariffs on the canadian softwood for example the gap was immediately made up by german softwood exporters so i'm not sure that even
if the u.s. took that approach it's not necessarily going to improve america's menu position of american manufacturing because so much has already been all shored there isn't anything that could be really rebuilt ok let's look at some new information from the u.s. china business council now we can see that exports to china increased one hundred fourteen percent between two thousand and six and two thousand and sixteen we clearly see healthy growth but does that mask the bigger issues when we take into account. things like the trade deficit with china we've got more than three hundred billion dollars in trade deficit. yeah exactly so i mean chart you show me doesn't surprise me it's you know become the by some measures the second largest economy in the world and it's been rapidly growing for a number of years so yes of course u.s. exports to china have been growing exponentially but as you pointed out the deficit is substantially higher meaning two thousand and sixteen i think the we had exports
to china totaling about one hundred sixteen billion and i think we had over four hundred billion going the other way so it's not really improving the relative position of the u.s. and that's what i think is is part of the source of the tension well could one of our issues with china simply be differences in how we approach the economy the u.s. government takes some more as we know hands off approach when it comes to our economy but china's government will usually aid certain economic sectors to stimulate growth very hands on. yeah and i think that's really the ultimate source of the tension because you have a situation in china where they have a number of domestic companies which compete vigorously and they do so with massive state support they will ultimately then have those companies competing why the export market to move up the quality curve but the objective ultimately is not to simply to have a exchange of trade goods with another country in the case of china they are trying
to secure national champions and ultimately supplant the u.s. exports they've done it for example in the solar industry they are now talking about building a civil aviation industry now imagine what happens to boeing's exports to china if that becomes a real reality and similarly you're seeing that in apple i mean there was a story recently of tim cook being in in china seeking to pay for his starbucks coffee via apple pay and he couldn't do it because apple pay was not hooked up to the the local payments network that was handled instead by by to vigorously domestic competitors and those are obviously going to be built up with a view to supplanting apple in the chinese market so it's a it's a real poisoned chalice in some respects when you try to compete in china to say nothing of the threat of intellectual property theft. marshall auerbach thank you so much research associate levy economics institute it's been a pleasure thanks lou thanks for having me. well cross the world gamers tried to
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