Photo: Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr., and Donald Trump's pick as Labor Secretary.
FROM THIS EPISODE
Three hours before today's intelligence briefing, Donald Trump told the New York Times the focus on Russian hacking is "a political witch hunt." As we go to air, the meeting continues. The Director of Intelligence and the head of the CIA are there, and FBI Director James Comey is meeting his new boss for the first time. Devlin Barrett covers the Justice Department for the Wall Street Journal.
Organized labor was the foundation of America's middle class in the aftermath of the Great Depression. Recently, the unions have fallen on hard times. President-Elect Trump claims he's saved middle class jobs by threatening companies with plans to re-locate in Mexico, but even supporters say that's not a real policy. The President of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, says he told Donald Trump he'll be willing to work with him — especially when it comes to NAFTA and other trade deals that have taken jobs overseas. But, for the moment, what matters are Trump's appointees to major positions, like the Secretary of Labor and members of the National Labor Relations Board. Do they represent the interests of the working class--or the latest version of "crony capitalism?"
Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg BusinessWeek (@josheidelson)
Oren Cass, Manhattan Institute (@oren_cass)
Benjamin Sachs, Harvard Law School (@bsachs)
Christine Owens, National Employment Law Project (@NelpNews)
The Consumer Technology Association reports that industry sales have fallen worldwide for the past three years. Phones, computes and TV's are providing more than anyone needs. So, at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, companies are coming up with gimmicks to get us all to upgrade. That's according to David Pierce, senior writer at Wired magazine.
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The Jewish State of Israel: Democracy or Apartheid? Israel’s recent “national unity” law calls the country “unique” to the Jewish people. But 21 percent of Israelis are Arabs. Do Jewish values conflict with pluralistic democracy? Jews in both countries are sharply divided over a question that goes to the founding of the “Jewish State.”
Is ‘socialism’ dividing the Democrats From Bernie Sanders to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,“socialism” is having a hot summer. Is it the future of the Democratic Party or an easy Republican target? Prominent liberals and conservatives describe the history--and possible future--of a term loaded with many meanings in America’s political history.
Cartoons, Comic Strips and Opinions Rob Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is the latest editorial cartoonist to lose his job. Fired for harsh portrayals of President Trump. We’ll talk with him and look at another kind of cartooning: comic strips. Even when the kids don’t realize it, they’re political, too. They’re a highly sophisticated artform and a barometer of social change.
Cyberwar: Can the US Defend Against “The Perfect Weapon?” By hacking centrifuges, the US may have slowed Iran’s nuclear-weapons program. But a good offense is not the best defense. Threats to US elections, the power grid and even medical records are real and present. But they’re not getting the attention they deserve. That’s according to the New York Times’ David Sanger, in his book The Perfect Weapon.
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