FROM John Gapper
Wall Street Gets a Grilling Phil Angelides said today the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission is probably the last hope for uncovering the causes of what's now called the Great Recession. A former California State Treasurer, Democrat Angelides now chairs the bipartisan commission established by Congress. In its first public meeting today, the commission heard from the heads of America's four biggest banks, JPMorgan Case , Bank of America , Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs .
Wall Street and a Disaster of a Different Kind Phil Angelides said today the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission is probably the last hope for uncovering the causes of what's now called the Great Recession. A former Treasurer of the State of California and a Democrat, Angelides chairs the bipartisan commission established by Congress. In its first public meeting today, the commission got tough with the heads of America's four biggest banks, JPMorgan Chase , Bank of America , Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs . At one point, Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein compared the financial crisis to "earthquakes" and other "acts of God," to which Agnelides responded, "These were acts of men and women." Are the right questions being asked? Can the commission help prevent another financial disaster?
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.
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?
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.