Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Cleaver explains how a default would be catastrophic for the people he serves. He also comments on a recent Pew report that says the wealth gap between white households and black and Hispanic households is widening.
Host Michel Martin discusses the debt talks with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Cleaver describes the current atmosphere in Congress and notes that some freshmen members believe the current debt situation is not that huge of a crisis.
Several Tea Party-backed congressional Republicans have openly opposed House Speaker Boehner's budget proposal, which aims to raise the U.S. borrowing limit in two steps and requires Congress to confront the debt ceiling again in six months. To learn more about Tea Partiers' thoughts on the debt ceiling and government spending habits, host Michel Martin speaks with Tea Party Patriots Spokeswoman Shelby Blakely.
The Barbershop guys weigh in on the widening wealth gap between whites and people of color, President Obama's speech to the National Council of La Raza, and the big trades that have recently happened through the NFL. Host Michel Martin hears from author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette and foreign policy analyst Mario Loyola.
Host Michel Martin and David Brody, chief political correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network, discuss how faith plays a role in major political news, from the impending debt ceiling deadline to the 2012 election campaigns.
A long-awaited French accident report released Friday blames faulty air speed sensors and pilot error for the 2009 crash of an Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, which killed 228 people. It was the worst accident in Air France's history.
The crew piloting the Airbus 330 over the Atlantic did not appear to know that the plane was in a stall despite repeated warning signals, according to the report by France's aviation investigation agency, or BEA.
Henry Telles sits in the Shelby County Detention Center, charged with multiple counts of rape and child molestation. His bond is $30,000. But Telles isn’t going to be released on bond, and even if he is cleared of those crimes, he won’t be returning to live in Shelby County. His future destinations could include prison or deportation or both. Headlined by cases such as Telles’, immigration and deportation have become heavily debated issues in America – Shelby County included.
At the end of court yesterday, Warren Jeffs stood all by himself at the defense table, head bowed, motionless as everyone swirled around him.
The morning began with him firing his defense lawyers and announcing he would represent himself. It was a particularly cruel blow for Deric Walpole, Jeffs' lead defense lawyer, who'd been working 20-hour days to get ready for this moment only to have Jeffs pull the rug out from under him.