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?
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.