FROM Michelle Jamrisko
Fed Announces First Interest Rate Hike in Almost 10 Years For the first time in nearly a decade, the Federal Reserve raised the so-called benchmark interest rate today. It's gone up one quarter of one percent. Michelle Jamrisko reports on the economy for Bloomberg News .
US Economy Grows Most Since 2003 The state of America's middle class appears to be in continuing decline, despite surprisingly good news today from the Commerce Department. In the third quarter — July, August and September -- the US economy grew at an annual rate of 5% -- the strongest increase since 2003. Michelle Jamrisko, who reports on the economy for Bloomberg News , considers the latest figures.
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?
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.
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.