FROM Hadi Ghaemi
Iranians Play the Waiting Game In the US, there's a lot riding on a nuclear deal with Iran: the President's legacy, relations with Israel — a major issue in next year's election. In Iran, the possible lifting of sanctions has created towering expectations, especially among the young. Support is "steadfast and unequivocal," according to a recent survey by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. But hopes for an unfettered economy, political reform and doors opening to the rest of the world are tempered by uncertainty. We talk with insiders. Meantime, what about Iran's Arab neighbors? For them, a deal could make a powerful competitor more dangerous than ever.
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?
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.