FROM David Kushner
How Hacker Collective Anonymous Incited Online Vigilantism in Ferguson The Internet collective known as Anonymous has conducted hacking attacks on the Church of Scientology, PenPal and the websites of governments in the Middle East. Its latest target: police in Ferguson, Missouri after the killing of Michael Brown. The leader of this attack, who goes by the pseudonym Commander X, is in exile somewhere in Canada. Not even his lawyer knows where he is. When David Kushner was preparing to write about Anonymous, the "#OpFerguson" hashtag was being created. Kushner is author of “ The Masked Avengers ,” found in this week’s issue of the New Yorker magazine.
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?
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.