FROM Deborah Nelson
Ringling Brothers Will Stop Using Elephants Ringling Brothers made a historic announcement today that will end 100 years of circus tradition. There will be no more elephants under its big tops after 2018. Three years ago, an investigative report in Mother Jones magazine documented the abuse of elephants by Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. It led to the largest civil penalty against an exhibitor in the history of the Animal Welfare Act. The circus promised to clean up its act but today it told the Associated Press there's been a "mood shift" among its customers. Elephants will be phased out. Deborah Nelson is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who spent a year on that story for Mother Jones.
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?
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.