FROM Peter Gosselin
Congress under Pressure to Pass $700 Bailout Plan Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson hit yesterday's TV talk shows and President Bush increased the pressure on Congress today saying that "the whole world is watching" progress on his $700 billion bailout of the financial system. But some key Democrats are not in such a hurry, calling for help for Main Street as well as Wall Street. Peter Gosselin is national economics correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and author of High Wire : The Precarious Financial Lives of American Families.
The Candidates Stump on the Economy Both John McCain and Barack Obama had harsh words today about Iran's missile testing, but they've spent the week talking about the economy. Senator McCain says he'll balance the budget by 2013, the end of his first term. Senator Obama says he won't promise to eliminate the deficit in his first term because hard-hit American families need what he calls "some critical investments." We look at the impact of economic hard times on ordinary Americans and some of the economic fixes proposed by the two presidential candidates.
Paulson Wants to Rein in Mortgage Markets The President's Working Group on Financial Markets has blasted the mortgage industry for its role in the global credit crisis that began with sub-prime mortgages. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who chairs the Group, wants home-buyer protections and new rules industry-wide. Peter Gosselin is national economics correspondent for the Los Angeles 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.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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.