Trying to Stabilize the Housing Crisis Fifteen million Americans are “underwater,” meaning they owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. The Obama Administration has $75 billion for a program called Making Home Affordable , but there’s widespread agreement that it’s a failure that could be making things worse.
Is Federal Action Making the Housing Crisis Better or Worse? Fifteen million Americans are "underwater," meaning they owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. The Obama Administration has $75 billion for a year-old program called Making Home Affordable , but there's widespread agreement that it's a failure that could be making things worse. Critics say false expectations have led people to waste money trying to stay in homes they really just can't afford. And banks have been hiding their losses. Are a vast number of foreclosures just being kicked down the road? Is a federal bailout required or should cruel financial reality be allowed to take its course? We debate an issue that's crucial to home-owning Americans, the housing industry and economic recovery.
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.
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.