Friday, March 19, 2010

Patt Morrison for Monday, 3/22/10

PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE

Monday, March 22, 2010

1-3 p.m.

 

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1:06 – 1:19

OPEN

 

 

1:21 – 1:39

How much $ did the Fed hand out? Taxpayers win 1st round in court

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that the Feds must tell the public which banks might have failed without the taxpayer funded financial bailout. Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News, filed numerous Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to find out where $2 trillion (give-or-take) of taxpayer money went but those requests went unanswered and the case ended up in court.  Bloomberg’s lawyers argued that the public has the right to know—it is their money after all.  The Fed’s maintained that releasing the information is tantamount to a “death sentence” because a run or a sell-off by investors could futher jeopardize the bank’s financial stability.  The court, in a unanimous decision, sided with Bloomberg.  However, theirs may not be the final word on the matter.  The Feds could appeal the case right up the U.S. Supreme Court.  

 

ALL GUESTS UNCONFIRMED:

Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator (I-Vermont)

Thomas Golden, partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Bloomberg’s outside council

Paul Saltzman, general counsel for the Clearing House Association

 

 

1:41 – 1:58:30

OPEN

 

 

2:06 – 2:19

Oil & water do mix in California politics—Secretary Salazar comes to L.A.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar comes to California on Monday with oil and water on the mind, as the federal government gives a gift to Central Valley farmers in the form of more water and a plan for new oil drilling leases on the horizon.  Because of our wet winter Secretary Salazar announced last week that farmers in the San Joaquin River Delta would be getting about a 20% increase in federally controlled water supplies, but some kind of long-term water deal among the Western states is still needed.  And the Obama Administration is due to announce an oil drilling plan for sensitive lands around the country, and the only sure thing about it is that Secretary Salazar plans a big break from Bush era policies.  

 

Guest:

Ken Salazar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior

ON TAPE

 

 

2:21 – 2:39

The future of your Social Security

National debt—it’s a pretty big problem and a pretty unpopular subject for politicians— Republicans like to use it as a lightning rod against Dems; Dems like to say they’ll reign in spending but don’t want to talk about slashing social security benefits. Enter Social Security commissioner Michael J. Astrue—he joins Patt to talk about the future of social security in a country with a growing, aging population, and also explains the new online system his office has devised to streamline the benefits process.

 

Guest:

Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security

IN STUDIO

 

 

2:41 – 2:58:30

The Future History of the Arctic

You probably wouldn't live in the Arctic if someone gave you a million dollars, but that may be the Arctic of the past. Things are heating up now, quite literally. In his new book "The Future History of the Arctic," Charles Emmerson dicusses the rapidly changing Arctic landscape. With global warming, melting icecaps have cut off almost four thousand miles off the route from Tokyo to New York, not to mention exposing portions of the ocean floor rich with oil. Emmerson stops by the studio to talk about the politics, race for resources, and global warming drama that will most likely unfold as the ice melts.

 

Guest:

Charles Emmerson, associate director of the World Economic Forum; author of “The Future History of the Arctic

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