FROM Paul Ingrassia
Preserving Wall Street, the Auto Industry and the Income Gap All of Washington decided that Wall Street's investment bankers were "too big to fail," to the tune of $350 billion, and nobody really knows where money has gone. After Republicans in Congress held up loans for US automakers, President Bush scraped up $17 billion to keep General Motors and Chrysler from going bankrupt, at least for a while, but only with tough conditions and demands that union contracts be re-drawn. Would US auto companies be better off in bankruptcy? What about investment banks that can't repay their clients? Why do unionized workers have to sacrifice benefits when Wall Street is still paying bonuses worth tens of millions of dollars?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.