Photo: Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr., and Donald Trump's pick as Labor Secretary.
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Three hours before today's intelligence briefing, Donald Trump told the New York Times the focus on Russian hacking is "a political witch hunt." As we go to air, the meeting continues. The Director of Intelligence and the head of the CIA are there, and FBI Director James Comey is meeting his new boss for the first time. Devlin Barrett covers the Justice Department for the Wall Street Journal.
Organized labor was the foundation of America's middle class in the aftermath of the Great Depression. Recently, the unions have fallen on hard times. President-Elect Trump claims he's saved middle class jobs by threatening companies with plans to re-locate in Mexico, but even supporters say that's not a real policy. The President of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, says he told Donald Trump he'll be willing to work with him — especially when it comes to NAFTA and other trade deals that have taken jobs overseas. But, for the moment, what matters are Trump's appointees to major positions, like the Secretary of Labor and members of the National Labor Relations Board. Do they represent the interests of the working class--or the latest version of "crony capitalism?"
Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg BusinessWeek (@josheidelson)
Oren Cass, Manhattan Institute (@oren_cass)
Benjamin Sachs, Harvard Law School (@bsachs)
Christine Owens, National Employment Law Project (@NelpNews)
The Consumer Technology Association reports that industry sales have fallen worldwide for the past three years. Phones, computes and TV's are providing more than anyone needs. So, at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, companies are coming up with gimmicks to get us all to upgrade. That's according to David Pierce, senior writer at Wired magazine.
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