FROM William Poole
Congress Pushes Back on the Bailout The Bush White House today warns of economic "calamity" if Congress won't bail out Wall Street, but despite the $700 billion price tag, the leading budget expert in Congress says there's no way to estimate the real cost. Today, Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke told a joint committee of Congress that the economy needs the Wall Street bailout and needs it now. We hear from skeptical Democrats and Republicans as pressure increases and time grows short.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.