FROM Adrian Fulle
'Innocence of Muslims' and the Murky World of Low-Budget Films All of Los Angeles knows that not every film made here is a major feature production. Every so often a group of amateurs make it big with a low-budget project. But there's no precedent for the LA-made film which has helped create an international crisis, including the murder of the US Ambassador to Libya. The original casting call for The Innocence of Muslims had the title "Desert Warrior." As reposted by Gawker , it asked for Israeli men, Middle Eastern women, and lead characters called Condalisa, Hillary and George. It also asked applicants to say whether or not they were members of SAG, the Screen Actors Guild.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.