FROM Jonathan Meer
Recession and cynicism hurting charitable giving Are you getting inundated with those end-of-year solicitations from your favorite charities? 'Tis the season to give your last tax-deductible donations. Photo by HeatherPaque 2016 has been a big year for many nonprofits. Groups that support progressive causes are reporting record donations after November’s election, with Planned Parenthood and the ACLU topping the list. Some 82,000 of Planned Parenthood’s donations were gifts made in the name of Vice President-elect Mike Pence. That said, Americans give less to charity than they did just a decade ago. What makes us open and close our wallets to charity? We ask Jonathan Meer, Assistant Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University and the lead author on the paper, " The Great Recession and Charitable Giving ," published in the National Bureau of Economic Research.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.