FROM Adam Kurland
DC Closer to Ending 'Taxation without Representation' The District of Columbia was carved out of Virginia and Maryland more than 200 years ago in a deal that deprived its residents of a vote in the Congress. Now 600,000 people live in Washington, DC, and they're on the verge of finally getting the franchise. The US Senate agreed yesterday to debate the old question of whether DC residents should have voting representation . The current non-voting congresswoman, Eleanor Holmes Norton, says that means, “ all lights are on go . There can be no turning back now.” Adam Kurland is a professor of law at Howard University School of Law.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.