FROM Shailagh Murray
Goldman Sachs, Public Anger and a Possible Crackdown on Wall Street After weeks of secret negotiations, the Securities and Exchange Commission aimed at the fattest target on Wall Street and charged Goldman Sachs with securities fraud. Normally such votes are unanimous, but this time it was three to 2 with two Democrats and an Independent prevailing over two Republicans.
Goldman Sachs, Public Anger and a Possible Crackdown on Wall Street After weeks of secret negotiations, the Securities and Exchange Commission aimed at the fattest target on Wall Street and charged Goldman Sachs with securities fraud. Normally such votes are unanimous, but this time it was three to 2 with two Democrats and an Independent prevailing over two Republicans. Democrats see a chance to push finance reform, Republicans warn of more taxpayer bailouts, with each party accusing the other of siding with Wall Street. We look at what Goldman Sachs might or might not have done wrong, and get different opinions on how to stop banks from risking so much they threaten the whole economy.
President Checks in on Senate Healthcare Bill All over the country, members of Congress and other federal officials are facing demonstrators stirred up about healthcare reform. Back in Washington today, six Senators — three Democrats and three Republicans -- briefed President Obama on their effort to reach a consensus. Shailagh Murray reports for the Washington Post .
Obama Gets SEIU Endorsement, Confusion Surrounds Lewis Switch The Service Employees International Union, which represents two million public employees all over the US, endorsed Barack Obama today. Its president, Andy Stern, says, since union leaders met with the candidates last fall, "The excitement has been building for Obama." Meantime, the battle continues over super delegates, including the much-admired civil rights veteran John Lewis , a Congressman from Atlanta. Shailagh Murray is covering the Obama campaign for the Washington Post .
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.