FROM George Grayson
Is Mexico Becoming a 'Failed State?' President Felipe Calderón admits that his war on drug traffic is in trouble, and that Mexico's criminal gangs "want to replace the state." After almost four years of bloody warfare, cartels that sometimes outgun the army are smuggling more drugs than ever and expanding into other activities. Local corruption has allowed them free rein in many places, and kidnappings have shut down operations of state-run Pemex, a big source of national income. Calderón says he's open to changing his strategy. What are his options? Does the US have to do more to reduce the biggest drug market of all? What about legalization, north and south of the border?
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?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?