FROM David Gardner
Championship exits are huge blow to North Carolina sports The controversial "bathroom law" is facing a tough challenge from professional and college sports leagues pulling out of North Carolina. The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act , HB 2, is North Carolina's new law, also known as "the bathroom bill." It's aimed at anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. HB 2 provides that individuals may not use bathrooms that don't correspond to the sexual designations on their birth certificates. Now, in a state where sports may be more important than politics, it's facing a challenge from both the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference . David Gardner, College Sports Editor for Sports Illustrated , has the story.
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.
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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.