FROM Art Levine
Industrial Chemicals and Homeland Security Three recent incidents in Iraq have involved explosives combined with chlorine, which can be toxic and even deadly when it's inhaled as a gas. Such bombs have US officials worried that terrorists are resorting to chemical warfare. Could it happen here? Since September 11, reporters have been demonstrating the vulnerability of chemical plants, some near major cities. But the Bush Administration has resisted efforts to impose tough safety measures; new federal rules could undermine efforts by states. How serious is the risk to the public? Do corporate officials or government bureaucrats know best what needs to be done? We hear from journalists, industry and national security experts.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
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.