FROM Greg Robb
Economists Breathe a Sigh of Relief over Jobs Numbers In what passes for good news in these economic times, the nation's labor market showed some signs of improvement last month. Employment grew by 103,000 workers: not great, according to one economist, but "less bad than expected." Greg Robb is senior Washington correspondent for MarketWatch.com .
Paulson Shifts Focus of Bailout Plan When Congress passed the $700 billion bailout, the focus was on buying so-called "troubled assets" linked to sub-prime mortgages. Today, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said that's not the best use of the money after all. Instead, he wants to buy stock in banks . Greg Robb writes for Marketwatch.com , part of the Dow Jones News Service.
Central Banks Cut Rates in a Global Show of Force The Federal Reserve announced a cut in interest rates today, with unprecedented coordination with other central banks around the world. Reporter Greg Robb is covering the Federal Reserve for business news website MarketWatch .
Inflation Surges, Adding to Economic Woes On top of concerns about the mortgage market and banking, there's a new reason to worry. Today it's reported that inflation rose last month at the fastest rate since Hurricane Katrina. Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke warned Congress about inflation for the second day in a row. Greg Robb reports for MarketWatch.com .
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.
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.
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?