President-elect Trump chooses a retired Marine general to head the Pentagon. Syrian rebels agree to form a new alliance as the regime bombards Aleppo. And thousands of Cubans turn out to watch Fidel Castro's funeral procession. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Nearly half the containers that come into the U.S. go through West Coast ports. Giant ships bring cars, electronics and clothing in a surging trade with Asia that has tripled traffic at these 29 gateways. Now, a labor dispute between dockworkers and shipping companies threatens to shut down the ports. Some economists estimate this would cost the U.S. economy $2 billion a day. President Barack Obama has sent Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to San Francisco this week to try to broker a deal. But the two sides remain deadlocked. Diane and guests discuss what’s behind the West Coast port slowdown and what it could mean for the U.S. economy.
- Harley Shaiken professor, University of California, Berkeley, who specializes in labor issues
- Jeffrey Werling executive director, University of Maryland’s Inforum forecasting project
- Eric Kulisch trade and transportation editor, American Shipper Magazine
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