FROM Robert Profusek
Big Banks, Big Bonuses and Big Government Even when Wall Street banks were losing money and receiving taxpayer bailouts, top traders were getting multi-million-dollar bonuses. Now some of the same institutions are at it again, guaranteeing big money even before any work is performed. The banks say that's what it takes to get the best people, but critics contend it creates risk-takers with nothing to lose except the nation's economic stability. Are the same people who helped to create the ongoing great recession now being rewarded? Is it time for the government to step in or should the free-market prevail? Would regulations stifle free competition or prevent another financial disaster?
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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.