FROM Gary Tobin
Bernard Madoff: Wall Street's One-Man Wrecking Crew The victims are banks, hedge funds, wealthy investors and charities worldwide. Los Angeles' Jewish Journal is running a feature called " Swindler's List ." But Bernard Madoff didn't just trick investors who should have known better. The Securities and Exchange Commission admits it was warned back in 1999, when a competitor named Harry Markopolos warned that Madoff was "running the world's largest Ponzi scheme." The most recent investigation was closed just last year with no action recommended, and SEC Chairman Chris Cox is investigating 10 years of regulatory failure. What about the investors? How did his racket come to be worth $50 billion? Could the losses eventually add up to more? And why is this house of financial cards collapsing now?
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.
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?
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.