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Washington Journal for Friday, February 1

Washington, DC
Friday, February 1, 2013

Jon Hilsenrath, Wall Street Journal, Chief Economics Correspondent

Topic: Guest writes that a “trust deficit” by Americans towards major institutions such as government and financial sector could be holding back a rebound in the economy.  Guest argues that when investors, employers, policy makers and consumers are wary to interact with each other, the economy suffers because of a lack of spending, investment and growth.

Maren Leed, Center for Strategic & International Studies, Senior Adviser

Topic: Guest will reflect on yesterday’s Hagel confirmation hearing and talk about the most pressing issues facing an incoming Secretary of State, from budget and cost inflation to international conflicts in places from Afghanistan to Mali.

Brent Moulton, Bureau of Economic Analysis & Neil Irwin, Washington Post, Economics Columnist

Topic: The government’s first look at how much Americans earned, spent and saved in 2012; trends in personal income, spending and savings; and how Americans have fared since the recession of 2008-09.  We’ll also discuss how the government’s fiscal, tax and social policies have affected Americans’ financial well-being.

Updated: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 10:11am (ET)

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