FROM Javier Aceves
The World's Most Wanted Man Is Back on the Loose This week's escape of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has turned glittering success into abject failure for Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto. The sophisticated tunnel built under the noses of prison officials has made a mockery of security and raised suspicion of official complicity. Guzmán's cartel is reportedly the main supplier of cocaine and heroin to the United States, and his show of power is a blow to international cooperation. We follow the story on both sides of the border.
A Crime Solved Sparks Outrage in Mexico Outrage over corruption in Mexico reached new heights this weekend, after authorities announced that drug-gang hitmen had confessed to murdering 43 students who went missing in September. The drug cartel members say they were acting in collusion with police under orders from the mayor of Iguala, in the state of Guerrero, and his wife. Over the weekend demonstrators set fire to the doors of the National Palace in Mexico City and on Monday they blocked access to Acapulco Airport. The brutality of this story has brought to a head Mexicans’ frustrations with and outrage at President Enrique Peña Nieto’s failure to stem narco-violence and rampant corruption in the nation’s criminal justice system.
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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 Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.