The Cold War may be over, but the relationship between the United States and Russia is still complicated.
Wednesday night on All In with Chris Hayes:
The Cold War may be over, but the relationship between the United States and Russia is still complicated. After President Obama told Jay Leno on The Tonight Show Tuesday that he has “no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them,” the White House announced the cancellation of the president’s September meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia’s homophobic laws, including a new piece of legislation that prohibits “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors,” have raised concerns for gay and lesbian athletes as the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi approach. The White House and the Kremlin have also been at odds over Russia’s granting asylum to Edward Snowden. Former Moscow-based correspondent for The Guardian, Miriam Elder, now Foreign and National Security editor at BuzzFeed, and Chrystia Freeland, Candidate for Canadian Parliament and author of the book, “Sale of the Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution,” will join guest host Ezra Klein to discuss the latest developments in this complicated international relationship.
Later, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel will detail the latest on the terror threat that has forced the closure of U.S. embassies across the Middle East and North Africa. The Yemeni government said Wednesday they had foiled an al Qaeda plot, but U.S. officials were quick to clarify that it was unrelated to the ongoing threat they are tracking. Yemen does appear to be the focus of the threat, however, with U.S. officials evacuating personnel and urging citizens to leave the country Tuesday. Another suspected U.S. drone strike hit Yemen Wednesday morning, killing 7 suspected al Qaeda militants.
Plus: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made waves Tuesday when he warned that his city could become the next Detroit if pension and health care costs are not reduced. Josh Barro, Politics Editor at Business Insider, will join Ezra Klein to talk about the dangers of governing by analogy.
Ezra Klein will also delve into the issue of governing during partisan gridlock. With some Republican lawmakers calling for a government shutdown set on repealing legislation, Congress faces the challenge of how to move forward and be productive. Former Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney came out looking like the voice of reason of the GOP Tuesday, when he urged his fellow Republicans to avoid a shutdown. Mattie Duppler, Director of Budget and Regulatory Policy at Americans for Tax Reform, and Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, will join the discussion.