FROM Christopher Clarey
Let the Games Begin The opening ceremonies aren't until tomorrow, and the flame has yet to be lit, but the first events of the Sochi Winter Olympics are already under way. American star Shaun White suffered an injury in slope-style snowboarding, but others have qualified. Team ice-dancing is under way for the first time. Yet, as the athletes take center stage, there's still tall about terror threats, the assault on gay rights, unfinished hotel rooms, stray dogs and financial corruption. Did President Obama pass up an opportunity by staying home? Will the Gold Medal for diplomacy go to Russian President Vladimir Putin?
Australian Open a Sauna for Players An upcoming soccer world cup has been moved from summer to winter in order to avoid extreme heat in Qatar. But this month's Australian Tennis Open is proceeding on schedule. The weather's cooled down a bit, but temperatures of 109 degrees have been a threat to tennis players at one of the world's most prestigious tournaments.
Andre Agassi and America's Future in Tennis At 36, Andre Agassi thrilled tennis fans last night with a comeback victory over a 21-year old opponent . But whether he wins or loses his next match, Agassi has declared that his career will end when this year's US Open is over. As one of a long line of athletes who've kept America at the top of the tennis world heads into the sunset, is there anyone to replace him? Does America have a bright future in the world of professional tennis?
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.
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.
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.