FROM Jennifer Robison
Unemployment: How Long Can This Go On? The Senate's newest member, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, was one of 13 Republicans who voted this week in support of a jobs bill, which provides $35 billion for highways, mass transit and tax credits for employers who hire new workers. With 15 million Americans out of a job and unemployment still close to 10%, it might create or save as many as 1 million, hardly a dent in the long-term problem that worries economists most. The author was Leading Democrat Harry Reid, whose bid for re-election is in serious trouble. How did his latest effort go down with the folks back home in Nevada? What are the social and psychological impacts of unemployment? Could it lead to unrest? Is it time for another New Deal, even if that means more deficit spending?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.
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.