FROM Ben White
It's the "Gig Economy," Stupid… When Hillary Clinton said she was worried about insecurity in the workplace, Jeb Bush scoffed and promised to “hail” an Uber to go to his next event. Bush was supporting the “sharing economy” — and Clinton does, too, despite her reservations. The “sharing economy” is also being called the “gig economy,” because it’s changing the relationship between employers and employees, turning full-time jobs into part-time “gigs” -- liberating executives and workers, but without traditional worker protections. That’s raising questions about taxes and government regulation -- questions that presidential candidates are being asked. Uber is just one of the new companies that “poses a challenge to longstanding notions of what it means to hold a job,” according to Noam Scheiber of the New York Times.
JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon Keeps His Job There was another apology today from Jamie Dimon -- the man once known as Wall Street's smartest banker — this time at a meeting of JP Morgan Chase shareholders, for the now-infamous $2 billion trading loss he calls "self-inflicted." Apparently all is forgiven, at least for the moment. The shareholders approved the CEO's $23 million pay package. Ben White reports for Politico .
Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers to Leave The Chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisors is leaving the White House. Austan Goolsbee 's departure comes after last week's dismal unemployment report and as polls show President Obama's ratings on the economy in decline. After a meeting today with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Obama was asked about his own concerns . He expressed encouragement about recent "robust job growth" but voiced concern that the recovery is not producing jobs as quickly as he wants it to happen. Ben White writes the Morning Money newsletter for Politico .
Obama on the Economy…at Last The November elections are less than two months away, and Democrats have their backs against the wall. As he tours the country this week, President Obama is now pushing some Republican-sounding proposals for boosting the economy. Monday in Milwaukee, he was in campaign mode . Today, he's in Cleveland to unveil some business-friendly proposals .
Obama on the Economy…at Last The November elections are less than two months away, and Democrats have their backs against the wall. As he tours the country this week, President Obama is now pushing some Republican-sounding proposals for boosting the economy. Monday in Milwaukee, he was in campaign mode . Today, the pitch is going personal, from a president whose childhood included food stamps. In Cleveland, Obama unveiled some business-friendly proposals , including tax credits worth $100 billion for research and development, $200 billion in write-offs for capital investments and extension of most of President Bush’s tax cuts, along with $50 billion in spending on roads and bridges. But even some Democrats are asking, what took so long?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.