FROM Jessica Brady
Goldman Sachs on the Hot Seat In prepared testimony today, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein said his company never bet against its own clients, but Senators of both parties were publicly skeptical. Carl Levin of Illinois interrogated Dan Sparks, Goldman's chief of mortgage securities, about charges that Goldman failed to tell investors that package deals were stacked against them; Republican John McCain accused Goldman executives of being immoral. Jessica Brady, staff writer for RollCall magazine, was at the hearing.
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.
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?
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.