FROM Deborah Brake
Congress Prepares to Send Fair Pay Bill to Obama The House today was expected to join the Senate and pass the first bill to go to the desk of President Obama. It would make it easier for women workers to combat wage discrimination. In 2007, the US Supreme Court ruled against Lilly Ledbetter , even though she proved she was paid less than her male colleagues for doing the same work at a Goodyear Tire plant in Gadsden, Alabama. Ledbetter rode Barack Obama’s inaugural train from Philadelphia to Washington and he promised her the law would be changed. Debora Brake, who teaches law at the University of Pittsburgh, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.