Dr. Rebecca Thomley was a Red Cross first responder who was among the earliest entrants into the Lower Ninth War of New Orleans following the devastating floods triggered by Hurricane Katrina. What are her most vivid memories of the disaster five years ago? What vow did she make in 2005 that she continues today? How much progress has been made in rebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward and in rehabilitating the people impacted by Katrina? We discuss all this and more with Dr. Thomley.
Archives for August 2010
Tuesday’s primaries witnessed the survival of John McCain and the Tea Party striking major blows against the GOP establishment in Florida and Alaska. So how did McCain coast while other party favorites encountered big trouble? Will the Tea Party hopefuls actually win in November or just make it easier for Democrats to keep power? And is the economy officially an albatross for Democrats or could some good news in the next couple of months help Democrats? We ask Richard Benedetto, longtime White House Correspondent for USA TODAY.
Horrific housing numbers, persistently high unemployment and a pessimistic streak on Wall Street have many people bracing for another economic downturn. And some even believe the U.S. could begin defaulting on government bonds. So is this a bump in the road or is another major fiscal crisis just around the corner? Why is the recently passed financial reform bill largely to blame? How will the government respond to another downturn? And what should you do with your money? We ask Ty Young, CEO of Ty J. Young, Inc., a leading wealth management company.
Retired U.S. Army Gen. Paul Vallely says the American strategy in Afghanistan is wrong because you can’t nation build until you win and troops shouldn’t be doing the nation building anyway. So why is our current military plan deeply flawed? What would work much better? How were we able to topple the Taliban in five weeks but are still in a difficult fight nine years later? We discuss it all with Gen. Vallely.
Sales of existing homes plunge more than 28 percent in July, Rep. Boehner and Vice President Biden battle over the right economic course to pursue, Obama mulling over response to court blocking his stem cell rules and Shirley Sherrod rejects a new job at the USDA.
Sales of existing homes plunged more than 27 percent in July. Why the huge decline? Is it an indicator of a worsening economy or is it too soon to to predict a deeper recession? Should President Obama’s small business plan be approved by Congress? Should Obama fire his top economic advisers as GOP House Leader John Boehner suggests? And what will trigger an economic turnaround? We ask Heritage Foundation economist J.D. Foster.
President Obama poured gasoline on an already raging fire when he offered his support for the new Islamic center adjacent to Ground Zero. But is it an isolated controversy or part of a dangerous Obama world view that seeks to diminish America and subject us to the whims of the international community? We ask Pamela Geller, co-author of “The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America”. Geller also explains why she sees the fight against the mosque at Ground Zero as vital for America and why Obama’s failure to see America as exceptional is a major concern.
The new health care laws do not include a single payer system, but rules being implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services could put burdens on private insurance companies that could force them out of business. How could this happen? How would it impact the cost of your premium and the quality of the care you receive? We ask Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner, and get her reaction to the government spending five billion dollars of your money for health programs in New Jersey and Connecticut – even though only three people have signed up for them.
New statements from Ground Zero imam Feisel Abdul Rauf suggest he blames the U.S. for problems between Islam and the West, Biden vows U.S. will remain committed to Iraq, federal judge blocks new stem cell rules.
Why would a Middle East peace summit make sense right now? Dr. Walid Phares of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies says the reason is probably less about major progress towards a two-state solution and more about building a large Mideast consensus against a nuclear-armed Iran. So which Arab states could be counted on and which ones actually want Iran to get nukes? What leverage do the more reasonable Arab states have in deterring Iranian nukes? We ask Dr. Phares and get his analysis of how well prepared Iraq is to govern and secure itself.