FROM Danielle Douglas-Gabriel
Clinton Unveils College Tuition Plan amid Sanders' Challenge The Republican presidential primary campaign is all caught up in the controversy over Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly. Meantime, the Democrats are arguing over how to cope with the high cost of college. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is drawing crowds for his presidential campaign, in part by proposing that college be "debt free." Today, Hillary Clinton is announcing a plan of her own , as we hear from Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, who covers the economics of education for the Washington Post .
Student Debt Is Out of Control: Is it Ever OK to Default? For baby boomers, the big issue was war and peace. For millennials it's student debt. That's according to a poll by Harvard University . With the average amount owed about $35,000, the total burden is more than a trillion dollars for college and graduate school for some 40 million Americans, — all of whom are old enough to vote. In the Washington Post , Danielle Douglas-Gabriel reports that presidential candidates of both political parties are addressing the issue. Meanwhile, the New York Times is being called irresponsible for an op-ed piece encouraging student debtors to default on their payments. Is that the start of a much-needed conversation or just lousy advice? We hear more about the high cost of higher education.
Credit Card Safety in the Age of Cybercrime When Target was hacked just before Christmas for credit- and debit-card data, as well as personal information, 40 million accounts were compromised, along with non-card personal information, including phone numbers, email and street addresses for another 70 million customers. The FBI says that's just the beginning. Not all compromised businesses have been publicly identified and cyber-criminals are increasingly sophisticated. But banks, retailers -- and policy makers — are reportedly dragging their feet, with only 11% of businesses adopting available security measures. How long will it take the US to upgrade credit and debit cards? In the meantime, how vulnerable are consumers? Is cybercrime a cost of doing business that will ultimately be passed on?
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.
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.