FROM Duff Wilson
Tobacco Industry Files Lawsuit over Warning Labels Doctors say smoking is a major cause of health problems in the US, but cigarettes are still legal. Now four of the five big tobacco companies have sued the Food and Drug Administration for relief from requirements that they put graphic warnings on their own products. There's a picture of a corpse with its chest sewed up and a warning that "Smoking Can Kill You." Another image shows a pair of lungs that are yellow and black with disease. Such warnings will be rotated on cigarette packs and take up more space than their brand identifications. Duff Wilson reports for the New York Times .
Will Creepy Photos Curb Smoking? It's been 25 years since the printed health warnings have been changed on cigarette packs. Now, smokers will have to see graphic depictions designed to shock new smokers and scare existing one into quitting. On the front and back upper half of every cigarette pack, there will now be color images of damaged teeth, infected lungs and a man exhaling smoke through a tracheotomy opening in his neck. An amputee identified as Marie from the Bronx will be part of a TV commercial. Duff Wilson covers the pharmaceutical and tobacco industries for the New York Times .
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.
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.
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?
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.