FROM Christian Weller
Prospects for a Federal Bailout of the Financial System The architects of the Bush Administration's financial bailout got a public grilling today from the Senate Banking Committee. Senators wanted to know why they're getting less than a week to give up $700 billion in taxpayers' money. Would reckless investors get off lightly? Would Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson have too much power? What about Congressional oversight? Why couldn't the crisis have been foreseen and prevented, and is there any assurance that the massive bailout will really work? We hear more about the questions and the answers.
Our Ever Rising Gas Prices Oil prices are very much on the rise, but gasoline has not yet caught up. When it does, $4 a gallon may sound like the good old days. President Bush says there's no "magic wand" for the government, but the candidates to replace him have other ideas. John McCain and Hillary Clinton want a summer holiday on the federal gasoline tax. Barack Obama calls that a "gimmick" that could make matters worse. We look at their different proposals. Should gasoline taxes actually be higher to encourage conservation, something they all support? Is this the just beginning of "painful adjustments" to new, global realities?
New Report Details the Pain Rising Gas Prices Are Inflicting What’s the “tipping point” for gasoline prices—the amount that will cause drivers to really cut back on using the car? A Washington Post-ABC News poll says is $4.38 cents a gallon in most of the country and $5.12 in the west, where prices are higher.
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?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.