FROM Hezekiah Allen
Marijuana: Big Business that's about to Get Bigger Five years ago, only 45% of California voters approved the recreational use of marijuana, but recent polls have produced a consensus that it's inevitable -- perhaps as soon as next year . It's already a multi-billion dollar industry in this state, and multiple interests are waiting to get in on the action. That now includes growers in what's called the Emerald Triangle — Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity Counties. In the past, they've feared that legalization would hurt their business but, as we hear, that's changed.
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?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.
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.