FROM Eric Hogue
GOP Tries to Trade Environmental Regulations for Tax-Cut Vote The latest Field Poll says 58 percent of California voters approved Governor Brown's plan for closing the $26 billion state budget gap. He wants half made up with spending cuts and half by extending expired taxes on income, sales and vehicles — but only if voters approve in a special election. Democrats have enough votes to give him the cuts, but Republicans are required to put the tax extensions on the ballot in June. The GOP's official position is "No." But today's Los Angeles Times reports that five Republicans are negotiating with the Governor, asking him for some major concessions.
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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.