FROM Robert Pollin
The Economy after the Great Recession Forget the argument about the stimulus and the deficit. We're having the wrong conversation, according to Richard Florida. The Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto says, "We need to blow up the fundamentals of our economy."
What Comes after the Great Recession? The Great Recession is not economics as usual but the beginning of a historic transformation, according to some long-term thinkers. They say arguing over the stimulus and the deficit is the wrong conversation, based on the past instead of the future. But what will the future require? As the manufacturing economy is replaced by the knowledge economy, where will the next Middle Class come from? Will “green” industry generate jobs? Will home ownership still be relevant? Can government liberate creative entrepreneurs and encourage economic equality at the same time?
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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?
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.