FROM Jim Hedges
Bernard Madoff: Behind Bars After pleading guilty to 11 felony counts in federal court today, Bernard Madoff did not go home to his Upper East Side apartment, but to jail, until he is sentenced on June 16. In the courtroom, he explained how his scheme worked and what he did with the money. Madoff cheated 4800 people out of billions of dollars. Is it possible he did it alone? How could the SEC have investigated and found nothing wrong? Is it enough to blame him? What's being done to make sure this doesn't happen again?
Bernard Madoff: Behind Bars Bernard Madoff told a federal court he was "ashamed" and "sorry," but that his massive Ponzi scheme was designed to "satisfy" his "clients." The judge accepted Madoff's guilty plea to 11 felony charges , revoked his bail and sent him to jail to await sentencing on June 16. Madoff cheated 4800 people out of billions of dollars. Is it possible he did it alone? How could the SEC have investigated and found nothing wrong? Is it enough to blame Madoff? What's being done to make sure this doesn't happen again?
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?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.