FROM Michael de la Merced
Alibaba’s Wooing of Wall Street Fifteen years ago, Jack Ma—the founder of China’s Alibaba—was laughed out of Wall Street. Now the world’s biggest investors are clamoring for a piece of what could be the biggest IPO ever. On Monday, Alibaba held the first of 100 meetings in 10 days, selling itself to potential investors for the first time. It all started in New York City, where 800 people piled into three big rooms at the Waldorf Astoria. One of those in the crowd was Michael de la Merced, reporter for DealBook , a financial news service for the New York Times.
Finger Pointing Follows Facebook's IPO Fiasco Shares of Facebook we initially priced at $38 a share. On the second day of trading, shares tumbled by as much as 18 percent. Fingers of blame are being pointed at Morgan Stanly, Nasdaq and even at Facebook itself. What went wrong with the most highly anticipated high-tech debut in years? Michael de la Merced reports for the Dealbook Section of the New York Times .
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.
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?
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.
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.