FROM Tamara Draut
Europe Pushes to Rework the Global Financial System In this weekend's meeting with the Presidents of France and the European Commission , President Bush agreed to a series of summit meetings that could change the way capitalism is practiced internationally. The countries of Europe are pushing hard for more regulation of the global economy. Heads of state will begin meeting right after the US election. The goal is curbing the reckless excesses that led to the current crisis, which could mean restraints on tax havens, hedge funds and executive compensation. The Bush White House and American business interests are warning against over-reaction, asserting that risk-taking is the keystone to prosperity. Do the Europeans want an international super-regulator? Since the crisis began here, will the US have to make some concessions? What's at stake for individual Americans and the credit-card economy?
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?
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
"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."