FROM Gene Sperling
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?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
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.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.