FROM Jean-Jacques Graisse
Humanitarian Aid Still Needed in Nuclear-Pariah North Korea In the 1990's, famine killed 2 million people in North Korea; Kim Jong Il appealed for assistance. Last year, he ordered donors to leave the country or scale back their programs. This year, the country faces a cold winter and likely food shortages, just as it's facing sanctions for testing a nuclear bomb. South Korea and China have both reduced aid since the test, and the US has cut its donations to the UN's World Food Program since Kim Jong Il cut back its mission earlier this year. What are the humanitarian prospects?
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.
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.