FROM Mike Calhoun
Whatever Happened to Finance Reform? It's more than a year since the collapse of Lehman Brothers signaled the start of the Great Recession. The Obama Administration proposed a financial overhaul and the House passed sweeping reforms. But now they're bogged down in the Senate.
Whatever Happened to Finance Reform? It's more than a year since the collapse of Lehman Brothers . Among the casualties of the Great Recession are millions of home-owning, credit-card holding consumers exploited by banks regarded as "too big to fail." The use of taxpayer money to protect those same banks from their own bad investments was justified with the promise of tough new regulations. The Congress passed sweeping reform, but now it's bogged down in the Senate. An independent agency to protect consumers may be dead on arrival. Banking interests call it a threat to their business. Reformers say a crisis is being wasted. We hear both sides.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Border security and campaign promises President Trump has promised tightened borders and a big beautiful wall. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at two tent-poles of the President's immigration policy: extreme vetting of visa applicants and building the US-Mexico border wall.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.