FROM Cal Cohen
Does Pacific Free Trade Have a Future? Last week, House Democrats and right-wing Republicans held up fast-track authority for free trade , delaying action on the Trans-Pacific Trade Pact . The President and GOP leaders say the TPP is "absolutely essential" for the US economy. They had hoped for reconsideration this week, but now the issue has been delayed again — until the end of this month. Too many players call it a "bad deal" — even though the details are still secret. We hear why it's so important to both supporters and critics, including multinational companies, organized labor and politicians of both parties. What's at stake if it's finally enacted? What if it loses?
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new 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. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.