FROM Robert Lerman
'Job One' for the President: Creating Jobs In America's "jobless" economic recovery, unemployment is setting records. The Obama Administration has adopted a long-term approach to creating new jobs . But the President has now conceded that "our friends, neighbors and family members are desperately searching for jobs," and has called for a Jobs Summit at the White House next month, partly in response to Democrats worried about next year's mid-term elections. Since the current increase in economic growth is not creating jobs the way it's supposed to, what about a more direct approach? In Germany, which gave birth to " Cash for Clunkers ," the government has kept unemployment down by subsidizing a work-sharing program. Are there other programs that can be borrowed from Europe? What about getting the banks to lend money?
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.
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.