FROM Adam Serwer
Relitigating the Civil War in 2017 Historians are dismayed that slavery as the cause of the Civil War is being downplayed once again. Why is the Trump administration lauding the "valor" and "honor" of the Confederacy?
Donald Trump and "the people's right to know" The first Amendment protects press freedom. It does not say there has to be a White House Press Corps. Last night, the President-Elect defied protocol by slipping away to a restaurant without telling the small pool assigned to him "just in case something happens." Was that the beginning of something new? Throughout his career, Trump has been hostile to reporters — especially during his presidential campaign. Will daily press briefings be replaced by Breitbart News and tweets from the world’s most powerful public official? We look for some answers.
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?