FROM Ellen Hartnett
Is a 'Jobless Recovery' Not a Recovery after All? The US economy needs 100,000 new jobs every month just to keep up with growth in the population. Instead, more than 200,000 a month are disappearing. The average rate of unemployment is 9.8 percent and it’s rising. How long will it take for the economy to replace all those lost jobs? Where will the new jobs come from?
Is a 'Jobless Recovery' Not a Recovery after All? Healthcare reform and Afghanistan are getting the headlines, but President Obama's biggest challenge could be creating jobs. The US economy needs 100,000 new jobs every month just to keep up with growth in the population. Instead, more than 200,000 a month are disappearing. Despite talk about economic "recovery," unemployment's at 9.8 percent, the highest in more than 25 years. Full employment isn't likely again until 2017. We hear what it's like to get laid off and how hard is it to get re-hired. What happened to that economic stimulus money? What can the government do now? Instead of promoting a quick fix, should the focus be on new jobs with long-term usefulness to American society?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.