FROM James Hagerty
Koch Confirms Interest in Newspapers, but Mum on LA Times Bid Diverse investments have made Koch Industries of Wichita, Kansas a billion-dollar conglomerate, but the Koch brothers are better known for putting big money behind conservative SuperPAC's and foundations and Republican politicians that liberals denounce as extremist. Recently, it's been reported that the Koch brothers are interested in acquiring news organizations, including the Tribune Company, which owns the Los Angeles Times.
Loan Modifications Starting to Slow Foreclosures Many troubled homeowners may or may not agree, but Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner today proclaimed an important milestone in the effort to prevent mortgage foreclosures. James Hagerty reports on real estate for the Wall Street Journal .
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are owned by private shareholders. But because they originally were chartered by Congress and get favorable rates, investors believe that both companies are implicitly backed by the federal government. They now own almost fifty percent of all mortgages in the United States, amounting to $5 trillion. Last week, their stocks lost almost half their value.
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.
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?
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.