FROM Deborah Tuerkheimer
Sexual Assault at Stanford: Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? The crime was brutal: sexual assault of an unconscious woman who didn't find out what happened until reading a newspaper report days after the fact. But there were witnesses -- and plenty of evidence to convict a star Stanford athlete whose explanation lacked credibility. Brock Turner claimed that she consented after they both drank too much at a party. Prosecutors asked for six years, but Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to six months in jail — not even the recommended minimum. Popular outrage has raised many questions including, should the judge be recalled? Would an athlete of color have been treated so leniently?
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.
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.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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?