FROM Fran Bagenal
NASA's Successful Pluto Fly-by NASA launched the New Horizons spacecraft nine and a half years go, and last night — three billion miles later — pictures and other data began coming back from Pluto, the most distant object ever reached by human kind. The world's most famous astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking sent congratulations on YouTube. Fran Bagenal leads the New Horizon 's Particles and Plasma Team, and she's been on the project since the beginning. See more images of New Horizon's mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.
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.
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.
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.
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.