FROM Max Richtman
How Secure is Social Security? Rick Perry has made Social Security a "white hot" political issue once again. In his deficit reduction speech today, President Obama said Social Security will have to be part of some future package -- but not right now. We hear about the financial and political security of the New Deal's most popular legacy.
Social Security: 'Ponzi Scheme' or 'Monstrous Lie?' In today's speech on deficit reduction, President Obama said Social Security should be treated separately — at some later time. But Rick Perry's talk of a "Ponzi scheme" and "a monstrous lie" have made America's most popular government program a possible presidential campaign issue next year. Does Perry's attack make him unelectable, as Mitt Romney claims? Will Republicans in Congress push for privatization? Should the income cap on Social Security taxes be raised? What about the retirement age? Should benefits be reduced before young workers retire?
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.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.