FROM Bennett Shapiro
The road to the White House: "Brass knuckles and back-alley brawls" Donald Trump's been sounding mellower lately, reading prepared speeches off a tele-prompter, but traditional GOP leaders are braced for what might come next. The campaign's latest CEO is Steve Bannon, who transformed the conservative website Breitbart by catering to the so-called "alt-right." That's the domain of white nationalism, misogynism, and anti-Semitism — anathema to mainstream Republicans. Breitbart has also published rumors about Hillary Clinton's health, adding false reports to the very real issues about e-mails, the Clinton Foundation — and trust.
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.
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.