FROM David C. John
American Workers and the Retirement Squeeze For the first time since the New Deal, retiring Americans will be worse off than their parents, and it's not just because of the Great Recession. Guaranteed pensions have been replaced by 401(k)'s -- but they make more for the financial industry than they do for retirees. There's a growing consensus that more than half American workers over 30 will be unprepared for retirement. Can popular personal financial advisers help? Are wage earners at fault for spending instead of investing or are they just not making enough money?
Credit Card Companies Max Themselves Out on Capitol Hill Liberal Senate Democrat Chris Dodd and conservative Republican Richard Shelby have co-authored a bill to reform the business of credit-card lending. In his latest weekly radio address, President Obama indicated that its time has come .
Cracking Down on Credit Card Companies During good times, consumers were seduced with easy credit. Now, angry card-holders tell stories about rising interest rates and decreasing limits. Card companies, including some banks with taxpayer bailouts, are changing the rules. Liberal Senate Democrat Chris Dodd and conservative Republican Richard Shelby have co-authored a bill to reform the business of credit-card lending. In his latest weekly radio address, President Obama indicated that its time has come . Some sleazy practices might be ended. But credit might also be harder to come by in times of need. Is that necessarily a bad thing? We look at the pros and cons.
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.
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?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.