FROM Ady Barkan
The Federal Reserve, the Economy and You Wall Street, the banks, business and organized labor are all waiting to see if Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates tomorrow. They're only talking about a quarter of one percent — but that's a lot when rates are close to zero, as they've been for the past nine years. Those who want to see an increase are worried about inflation. Those who want to keep things as they are say a hike would be bad for employment. We hear what's at stake for the prices you pay and the security of your job — not to mention business investment and profit.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.