FROM Michelle Jamrisko
Fed Announces First Interest Rate Hike in Almost 10 Years For the first time in nearly a decade, the Federal Reserve raised the so-called benchmark interest rate today. It's gone up one quarter of one percent. Michelle Jamrisko reports on the economy for Bloomberg News .
US Economy Grows Most Since 2003 The state of America's middle class appears to be in continuing decline, despite surprisingly good news today from the Commerce Department. In the third quarter — July, August and September -- the US economy grew at an annual rate of 5% -- the strongest increase since 2003. Michelle Jamrisko, who reports on the economy for Bloomberg News , considers the latest figures.
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.
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.