FROM Jacob Heilbrunn
Barack Obama Goes Back on the Road The $787 billion stimulus bill passed in less than three weeks of a new, Democratic presidency, with just three votes from Republicans whose party was drubbed in the last two elections. Now that bipartisanship has failed on Capitol Hill, President Obama is taking his signing show on the road with a stimulus signing ceremony today in Denver.
Barack Obama, Back on the Road Signed into law today, the $789 stimulus package is the biggest thing of its kind since the Great Depression. Passed in three weeks with help from just three Republicans, President Obama is gambling that it will work. The GOP's gambling that it won't and that Obama will take the blame. Outside the Beltway, Obama wins two-to-one in the polls. This week in Denver and Phoenix, he'll talk jobs and once again dramatize his grass roots appeal. Is bipartisanship an illusion? Will Obama transform governance into a permanent campaign?
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?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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.