FROM Barbara Block
A Tale of Coral Reefs, Great White Sharks and Rubber Duckies Earth's oceans are essential to human life, but we pay more attention to outer space than to what's in and under the waters. Now, with so many marine species in danger that we could see mass extinctions within the next generation, it's time to rethink human relationships with the seas and their creatures. We hear some fascinating stories about our relationship to the seas, which are teeming with life -- fish, turtles, seabirds and seals that make round-trips of 39,000 miles across the Pacific. We also hear why sharks are important, what it's like to swim with them and how few are left, and we learn how 28,000 plastic bath toys traveled the world.
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.
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.