FROM Chris Field
Climate Change: Will We Have to Get Used to It? Warnings about climate change have been increasingly urgent, but there's no collective will to take action. Now the focus is shifting, from prevention to mitigation. Global warming is happening. If it's not going to be slowed down, how can it be coped with? We hear about the latest report from the UN's International Panel on Climate Change, due out on Sunday. It will advocate expensive, untested technologies. It's all about preparing for next year's Summit of world leaders in Paris. There's hope that it might make up for the failed summit in Copenhagen in 2009. Will another call for alarm make a difference? Is it time to re-frame the issue and talk about how to prepare for the consequences of not taking action?
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.
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?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.