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G-20 verdict?

On the news roundtable today, we began by taking up a thorny topic: What did the G-20 actually produce? And how real is the $1.1 trillion pledge?

One of our guests, the Financial Times’ Chrystia Freeland, said her outfit had run the numbers, and the $1.1 trillion promises may contain some spin.

The media were by no means definitive in their verdict:

The Economist is uncertain about whether or not the International Monetary Fund, which will get much of the new money pledged, can truly save the world.

Barron’s says the developing world came out ahead.

David Rothkopf at the Foreign Policy blog notes that the global winds are blowing in new directions.

As for the political view?:

Political operative Dick Morris maintains Obama was a disaster.

James Carville claims the opposite – it was Obama’s best day in office.

And our news analyst Jack Beatty compared and contrasted Presidents Bush and Obama on the world stage. In any case, it's worth a listen.

This program aired on April 3, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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