FROM Sarah Spitz
LA's School District Is Building... Housing? Twenty percent of LA families spend more than half their income on rent. The scarcity of affordable housing makes it hard to live near your work. Now, some big employers are playing with solutions. And Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to see more of that. Tonight we’ll hear about an unlikely partnership between a developer and LA unified school district ‐‐ building apartments for its workers and other city residents.
We Remember: StoryCorps Stories from 9/11 An intimate look at lives forever changed by the attacks on 9/11, families and friends who tell us about their loved ones and their loss. Hosted by Audie Cornish.
Obama Gets Osama; Good/Bad Jobs News; GOP on the Run Three takes on the US operation that killed Osama bin Laden. Also, the good news and bad news on the jobs report, and the GOP and the Ryan budget plan.
Where's the Center? Are Political Labels Valid? This holiday edition focuses entirely on what it means to define ourselves as "left," "right" and "center," and how those labels have been reconfigured and reassessed in recent years.
Afghanistan; Healthcare; Spending & Tea Party; Financial Commission We discuss the newly released report on progress in Afghanistan and a not-so-fond remembrance of Richard Holbrooke by Bob. A federal judged ruled the health insurance purchase mandate to be unconstitutional. The lame-duck Congress tries for an omnibus spending bill and the Tea Party dunked it. The Financial Commission has split along party lines. The GOP blames government, the Democrats blame Wall Street. Plus, the winners of the "rename the Center" contest.
Tax Deal; WikiLeaks Wars; START Stopped?; Prince Charles Was Obama's tax deal a betrayal or a triumph? A stimulus or a disastrous drain on the economy as deficits rise? Is WikiLeaks the revolt of the anarchists or the bold defense of journalism and transparency in an Internet age? Will START be stopped? And what's the backstory of bickering between Putin and Medvedev? Lastly, Charles and Camilla were shaken by attacks on their car in London. Will riots begin in the US?
Afghanistan; WikiLeaks; Jobs; Taxes; Fed; Deficit Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan tops the news. What WikiLeaks revealed was embarrassing but was it classified? Jobs outlook is still heading downward, as unemployment benefits are not extended. Does the deficit matter more than people do? Where's Democrats' rage over tax cuts for the rich in a time of war and record unemployment? Is the Fed or Congress running the economic show? And will there ever be financial regulation that works.
Korea; Taliban Scam; Fed Jobs Report; Insider Trading; Ireland What exactly does North Korea want, and what will our real response be? Also, Scamistan: how a Pakistani shopkeeper got away with pretending to be a Taliban leader and got paid to negotiate with the Afghans. Plus, The job news going forward is still pretty bleak, says the Federal Reserve. Finally, a brief note on Ireland's financial crisis.
The Fed; Tax Cuts; GM; Afghanistan; TSA Touch Up! Big news week !!! Bernancke defends QE2 against flack from Germany and China. Did we destroy the world's economy and are they right to fight back? Or do we have the right to save our own economy in the best way for the US? Tax cuts: the new Democratic strategy is to take separate votes for continuing tax breaks UNDER $250,000 and another for OVER $250,000? Has Obama abandoned the cause, handing it off to Congress? GM's IPO: Uncle Sam decreased his ownership, 1 million jobs saved--can bankruptcy have a happy ending? Is this a success for capitalism or socialism? What happened to July 2011 as the end date for Afghanistan? And how's that touchy-feely thing workin' for you, TSA?
Debt Commission; Obama's Overseas Bust; NewsBeastDailyWeek The commission to study how to get federal debt under control floated a trial balloon when it released recommendations by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, and it seems just about nobody likes or believes what they're saying. Obama went to Indonesia, Korea and the G-20 and came back empty handed. Is the thrill gone? And what manner of Beast will Newsweek become under Tina Brown's guidance?
Political Earthquake: Does Obama Get It?; Bernanckes Billions While the GOP high fives itself for its showing in the midterms, can either party govern, and will they, or will the next two years be a political power play in the run up to 2012? Plus will the Fed's quantitative easing and the infusion of more money into the economy make things better or not?
Midterm Madness: Is Obama Ready for the GOP Pre-election jitters for all. And the GOP's nervous about the outcome, too; there'll be a power struggle between the Speaker and the Committee chairs, lots of wrangling going on. People will vote for lower taxes but can the party deliver? With all the anger and rage, can any party govern? And what solutions do they offer. Plus, is Obama too cool?
Juan Williams; Fannie/Freddie; Mid-terms; UK Austerity NPR's firing of Juan Williams has create a firestorm of negative publicity and political calls to defund public broadcasting. How much is the Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac mortgage mess really costing American taxpayers? In the last ten days before mid-terms, who will turn out to vote? Also, is the UK's austerity program to help balance their budget a lesson for the US?
Mortgage Mess; Bernanke; Mid-Term Closing Arguments It's impossible to overestimate the potential damage to the US economy and to capitalism itself if the notion of property rights is undermined; what will happen with all these robo-mortgages and what is MERS anyway? Ben Bernancke to the rescue: will the fed step in? Will help our economy? Will it hurt the global economy? And these are the last few weeks for final arguments on behalf of their parties; have Dems made the case? Are Republicans being forced into positions even they don't want to hold?
Foreclosure Moratorium; Gen. Jones; Af-Pak; MidTerms Who owns the mortgages that are being foreclosed and what happens to the market if foreclosures are halted? An in-depth examination plus some speculation on how it turns out. General Jim Jones leave the field; where does that leave the US position in Afghanistan and Pakistan? And do Obama's job ratings help or hurt the Democrats in the upcoming mid-term elections?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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?