Trump Fires Another Inspector General, How To Make The Economy Less Fragile

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Chairs hang stacked on empty tables at a closed restaurant
In this March 16, 2020 file photo, chairs hang stacked on empty tables at a closed restaurant in New York. Small business owners across the country waited again Wednesday, April 8, to receive loan money under the government’s $2 trillion coronavirus relief program. Yuki Iwamura/AP Photo

Donald Trump removed the State Department Inspector General, who was in the midst of investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. We discuss the move, which is raising eyebrows in both parties, with a Washington D.C. government oversight non-profit leader. And an economist joins us to envision rebuilding an economy.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Danielle Brian Guest
  • Joseph Stiglitz Guest

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