FROM Sam Batkins
The President's Latest Message: 'There's No Time to Lose' With a sense of urgency, President Obama has announced a host of new financial regulations . His stated goals are to protect retirement accounts, make big corporations pay their taxes, and bolster organized labor. Business interests and Republicans call it a "regulatory rampage" -- but disappointed progressives say he's waited too long. Stakes include the legacy of the Obama Administration. In this week's address to the people, the President highlighted two of the new regulations he's imposed to make financial advisors responsible to their clients and to stop corporations from merging with foreign companies to avoid US taxes. During a news conference last week, he explained, "When companies exploit loopholes like this it makes it harder to invest in the things that make the economy work for future generations. It sticks the rest of us with the tab and makes hard working Americans feel like the deck is stacked against them"
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."