FROM David Hirschmann
Is It Time to Bust the Trusts Again? In a major shift from his days as head of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan said last week that America's major financial institutions are "too big to fail." He said that means they're too big and ought to be broken up. But even new regulations to limit excessive risk and protect consumer finance may be in trouble on Capitol Hill.
Is It Time to Bust the Trusts Again? In a major shift from his days as head of the Federal Reserve, even Alan Greenspan said last week that it's time to break up those banks and brokerages that are "too big to fail." The financial giants are handing out billions in bonuses again, and they've spent $224 million lobbying against efforts to regulate excessive risk. But their critics insist they're the ones who brought the global financial system to the brink of collapse. Ninety-nine smaller banks have failed during this year alone. Citibank and Bank of America aren't doing so well. If the financial system isn't repaired, will it be taxpayer-bailout time all over again?
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.