FROM Phil Mattingly
Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Reached Negotiators for the US and 11 Pacific Rim nations agreed today on the largest regional trade accord in history. The Trans-Pacific Partnership covers commerce and worker standards in 40% of the world's economy — while very much excluding China. Phil Mattingly, national political correspondent for Bloomberg TV , has more on the deal, which must now be ratified by Congress.
Eight Wall Street CEO's Get a Grilling on Capitol Hill For the first time since Washington's $350 billion bailout, the CEO's of eight major banks appeared before Congress today. Democrat Barney Frank was among those who picked up on public anger. “There has to be a sense among the American people that you understand their anger, their frustration, and that you willingly cooperate and in fact are willing to make some sacrifices so we can get this whole thing working.” Phil Mattingly is economics reporter for Congressional Quarterly.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new 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. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
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.
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.