FROM John Hofmeister
Wild Swings in Global Markets Have Led to Fears of a Worldwide Slowdown “It wasn’t very long ago that the dread hovering over global financial markets was that things were getting too calm.” This summer, Federal Reserve officials were worried about complacency. Those days are very definitely over. America’s economy is finally looking good, but Wall Street’s sudden volatility is a signal that all is not well. We’ll hear how slow growth in Europe, Asia and South America has led to warnings about the continued impact of the worldwide recession.
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.
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.