Wednesday, July 27, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Today's guest host was Jim Brown.
Part One of The Current
It's Wednesday July 27th.
In a bid to make its food offerings to children healthier, McDonalds is adding apple slices to Happy Meals.
Currently, the new Happy Meals will be available as soon as McDonalds retrofits its deep fryers.
This is the Current.
U.S. Debt Ceiling - Senator Rand Paul
The battle over Washington's debt ceiling - the amount of money the U.S. government is legally allowed to borrow brought politicians to the airwaves again this week. Both President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner tried to convince voters that their strategy was the best one to end the stalemate. For months, Republicans and Democrats have tried to find middle ground before Tuesday's deadline and avoid defaulting on international loans.
With trillions of dollars on the line, some economists warn the government risks leaving social security unpaid and damaging the country's credit rating. Rand Paul is a Republican Senator from Kentucky who advocates balancing the budget without raising taxes. Senator Paul joined us from Washington, D.C.
U.S. Debt Ceiling - Economist James Marple
Whatever the Americans decide about their debt ceiling next Tuesday, the delay has many economists hitting the roof. The repercussions are bound to be felt around the world.
To get a sense of what might happen in Canada if there's no agreement, we were joined in Toronto by James Marple. He's a senior economist with the TD Bank.
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