FROM Max Richtman
How Secure is Social Security? Rick Perry has made Social Security a "white hot" political issue once again. In his deficit reduction speech today, President Obama said Social Security will have to be part of some future package -- but not right now. We hear about the financial and political security of the New Deal's most popular legacy.
Social Security: 'Ponzi Scheme' or 'Monstrous Lie?' In today's speech on deficit reduction, President Obama said Social Security should be treated separately — at some later time. But Rick Perry's talk of a "Ponzi scheme" and "a monstrous lie" have made America's most popular government program a possible presidential campaign issue next year. Does Perry's attack make him unelectable, as Mitt Romney claims? Will Republicans in Congress push for privatization? Should the income cap on Social Security taxes be raised? What about the retirement age? Should benefits be reduced before young workers retire?
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?
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?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.