FROM Edmund Andrews
Obama Interrupts Vacation to Ask Bernanke to Stay on at Fed Just as Wall Street opened for business today, President Obama announced his decision to nominate Ben Bernanke to a second term as Chair of the Federal Reserve. Interrupting his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, the President credited Bernanke’s “bold action and out-of-the-box thinking has helped put the brakes on our economic freefall.” Edmund Andrews reports for the New York Times .
The Presidential Candidates on the Economy A front-page headline in today's New York Times says, " Parties Differ on Whom Economic Aid Should Help ." But the story goes on to say that when a presidential campaign coincides with both a Wall Street crisis and soaring home foreclosures, "traditional ideological battles… become blurred." Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have unveiled government rescue plans for homeowners at costs of about $30 billion. John McCain says it's "not the duty of government to bail out and reward," but he supports the Federal Reserve's plan to lend banks and investment firms up to $400 billion. Are the parties as different as the rhetoric makes them sound? Why is Wall Street contributing more to Obama and Clinton than McCain?
Bernanke Leaves Door Open for Further Rate Cuts "The economic situation has become distinctly less favorable" and "the risks to this outlook remain on the downside." That the grim commentary today from Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke, testifying before Congress. Edmund Andrews writes about economics for the New York Times .
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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?