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.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.