FROM Toby Eckert
A Bailout the President Couldn't Refuse Many Republicans predicted worse catastrophes to come, but the Senate joined the House this weekend and passed a bill designed to rescue the faltering housing market. President Bush has promised to sign it, holding his nose because Treasury Secretary Paulson convinced him the economy can't do without it. Despite the promise of homeowner relief in an election year, 149 House Republicans voted "no." Forty-five went along. Is the bill a reward for risky investors at taxpayers' expense? Will backing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac end up costing hundreds of billions of dollars? Did de-regulation go too far? Would re-regulation make things better or worse? Is the US looking at a full-scale recession?
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?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.