FROM Guy Nordenson
Is Superstorm Sandy a Wake-Up Call? During this year's presidential campaign, there's been almost a dead silence on climate change. New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo says it's time to start paying attention. He warns that an old infrastructure is now at risk from new weather patterns and he wants to prepare for the next one. Scientists say it's about time. Should beach houses become things of the past? Should low-lying city pavement be turned into sponges to accommodate flooding?
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?
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.