FROM Ailene Voisin
A Third NBA Team for Southern California? Today was the day the Maloof Brothers, who own the Sacramento Kings , were set to apply for relocation to Anaheim. That would add a third National Basketball Association franchise to Los Angeles, alongside the Lakers and Clippers . But LA's own billionaire, Ron Burkle, got into the act, along with Sacramento Mayor, former all-star Kevin Johnson. Now they have two weeks to show the NBA Board of Governors a better deal if the Kings stay put.
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?
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?
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.