FROM Ellen Huet
Google memo triggers new controversy about diversity in tech Photo by Jürgen Plasser James Damore was fired this week by Google after his internal memo blasting diversity policies went public and created a firestorm in Silicon Valley. He was accused of “perpetuating general stereotypes. He claims the firing proves his point that conservatives can’t express their opinions in Silicon Valley. Ellen Huet is reporting the story for Bloomberg Business .
Learning from the 777 Crash at San Francisco Airport Saturday in San Francisco, two passengers were killed and many were injured when an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 struck a sea wall at the end of a runway, broke into pieces and caught fire. It's known that the plane was flying to low and too slow, but pilot error is only one subject under investigation. At a news conference today, the National Transportation Safety Board reported that the plane landing in San Francisco should have been traveling at 137 knots per hour but may have been going just 85.
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.