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 Guaranteed pensions have been replaced by 401(k)'s -- but they make more for the financial industry than they do for retirees.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.
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?
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?
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.
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.