FROM Nate Rawlings
Powerful Unions Jump aboard 'Occupy Wall Street' Movement Even Ben Bernanke says he can't blame Occupy Wall Street , since the financial sector helped create America's current economic crisis. The Fed Chairman acknowledged that people are quite unhappy with the state of the economy and blame, "with some justification," the government's response. Today, a group of powerful unions planned to march from Foley Square near New York City Hall to Zuccotti Park in the Financial District, where a few hundred protesters have been camping out for more than two weeks. Nate Rawlings is covering developments for Time magazine.
Occupy Wall Street Catches On around the Country Friday, we discussed Occupy Wall Street and asked if two weeks of protests by a few hundred people might escalate into something more. Over the weekend, groups settled down outside City Hall in Los Angeles and planned to snarl rush-hour traffic in Chicago and Boston. They also appear to have found a central message. "We are the 99 percent" is a slogan now being repeated by protesters in several cities and circulated on the Internet, where the Tumbler blog shows pictures of hand written explanations. Nate Rawlings is covering the story for Time magazine.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.