FROM William Poole
Congress Pushes Back on the Bailout The Bush White House today warns of economic "calamity" if Congress won't bail out Wall Street, but despite the $700 billion price tag, the leading budget expert in Congress says there's no way to estimate the real cost. Today, Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke told a joint committee of Congress that the economy needs the Wall Street bailout and needs it now. We hear from skeptical Democrats and Republicans as pressure increases and time grows short.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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?
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.