FROM Brian Blackstone
Eurozone Recession Drags On The once-thriving Eurozone is sinking fast, with the economy contracting for the sixth straight quarter. Germany's slight recovery has failed to offset recessions in France and Italy. Brian Blackstone reports from Frankfurt for the Wall Street Journal.
July Jobs Report May Signal a New Direction Some 247,000 Americans lost their jobs last month, but that's better than had been expected, and the unemployment rate actually declined by one tenth of a point, down to 9.4 percent. President Obama says, " The worst is behind us ." Brian Blackstone is economics correspondent for Dow Jones .
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?