- Making News: Unexpected Rise in Jobless Claims
The Labor Department reported today that 3.8 million Americans are unemployed, the highest number in nine years, while the number receiving unemployment benefits is the highest in 20 years. Jared Bernstein, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive policy think-tank, interprets the numbers for us.
- Reporter's Notebook: $3.9 Billion Monthly for the Iraq War
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday that the cost of keeping troops in Iraq and Afghanistan were almost double those given in April. The Pentagon estimates peacekeeping efforts at $3.9 billion a month in Iraq and almost a $1 billion more in Afghanistan. Where did it all go? Steven Kosiak of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments looks at the cost of war - and of peace.
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After the Iran Nuclear Deal: Does Trump have a Plan B President Trump made good on a campaign promise. The U.S. is out of the “horrible” “one-sided” Iran nuclear deal. Can it stop Iran from restoring its nuclear program? Make diplomatic peace with allies in Europe? Convince North Korea the U.S. can be trusted?
Autocracy, Theocracy and… paperwork Last month in Berlin, Warren visited the archives of Stasi, the Communist secret police of East Germany. He learned that paperwork was almost as important to oppressive control as maintaining a climate of fear. Then he heard Rukmini Callamachi’s podcast, “Caliphate,” about gathering records from ISIS. The result is a riveting conversation between Callamachi and Dagmar Hovestadt, spokesperson for the Stasi Museum.
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