FROM Elizabeth Alexis
Can the Bullet Train Get Back on Track? Governor Brown and other officials gave California's High-Speed Rail project a morale boost on Tuesday with a groundbreaking in Fresno. Critics say there's no way it'll ever reach expectations: a two-hour 40-minute ride from LA to San Francisco by 2028 at a cost of $68 billion. But, whatever it ends up costing, whatever the time required, Brown called it an obligation to future generations — like the cathedrals of Europe. There's no doubt it will be the most expensive public works project in state history — if it's ever completed.
A 'Watershed Moment' for High-Speed Rail The ultimate cost of California's high-speed rail system has doubled from $43 billion to almost $100 billion, and the completion date has now been moved from 2020 to 2033. Those announcements came today from the High-Speed Rail Authority, which is taking its latest proposal to the state legislature under deadline pressure.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.
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.