FROM Shailagh Murray
Goldman Sachs, Public Anger and a Possible Crackdown on Wall Street After weeks of secret negotiations, the Securities and Exchange Commission aimed at the fattest target on Wall Street and charged Goldman Sachs with securities fraud. Normally such votes are unanimous, but this time it was three to 2 with two Democrats and an Independent prevailing over two Republicans.
Goldman Sachs, Public Anger and a Possible Crackdown on Wall Street After weeks of secret negotiations, the Securities and Exchange Commission aimed at the fattest target on Wall Street and charged Goldman Sachs with securities fraud. Normally such votes are unanimous, but this time it was three to 2 with two Democrats and an Independent prevailing over two Republicans. Democrats see a chance to push finance reform, Republicans warn of more taxpayer bailouts, with each party accusing the other of siding with Wall Street. We look at what Goldman Sachs might or might not have done wrong, and get different opinions on how to stop banks from risking so much they threaten the whole economy.
President Checks in on Senate Healthcare Bill All over the country, members of Congress and other federal officials are facing demonstrators stirred up about healthcare reform. Back in Washington today, six Senators — three Democrats and three Republicans -- briefed President Obama on their effort to reach a consensus. Shailagh Murray reports for the Washington Post .
Obama Gets SEIU Endorsement, Confusion Surrounds Lewis Switch The Service Employees International Union, which represents two million public employees all over the US, endorsed Barack Obama today. Its president, Andy Stern, says, since union leaders met with the candidates last fall, "The excitement has been building for Obama." Meantime, the battle continues over super delegates, including the much-admired civil rights veteran John Lewis , a Congressman from Atlanta. Shailagh Murray is covering the Obama campaign for the Washington Post .
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 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.