FROM Francis "Frank" Buckley
James Comey tells his side of the story In more than two hours of testimony before a Senate committee 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? What was the role of Attorney General Jeff Sessions? What impact will Comey’s dramatic appearance have on the probe of Russia’s ongoing interference with US elections… and how to stop it?
Truth, lies, the media and Donald Trump One lesson from Donald Trump's "upset" victory is that the mainstream media's "conventional wisdom" has lost its credibility. Trump was covered more as a celebrity than a real candidate — and he's still getting massive attention for tweets, even when they're not based on reality. But the media are now so diverse that it's hard to find any consensus on what's real and what's not. So, what's next for traditional journalism? We talk with reporters from inside and outside the bi-coastal "mainstream" bubble. How do you cover a President who has direct access to the American public?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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 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?
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?