FROM Marshall Auerback
Greece: A Country that's Too Big to Fail According to one official at the International Monetary fund, "if a government wants to cheat, it can cheat." So it was "perfectly legal" back in 2001 for Goldman Sachs and other bankers on Wall Street to help Greece borrow beyond its means. That's according to Nelson Schwartz, financial reporter for the New York Times .
Greece: A Country that's Too Big to Fail According to one official at the International Monetary fund, " if a government wants to cheat, it can cheat ." So it was "perfectly legal" in 2001 for Goldman Sachs and other bankers on Wall Street to help Greece borrow beyond its means. Now, these same banks stand to profit from the crisis they helped create. Germany, France and other countries are less than eager to bail out a fellow EU member, and that could mean trouble for Italy, Spain and Portugal, too. Now hedge funds are betting that Greece won't be able to pay its debts and that means the Euro could be in trouble. Is Greece a victim of financial predators? Should the Greek people suffer cuts in salaries, pensions and benefits? What does it all mean for the dollar?
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.
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.
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?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.