FROM Jeff Bennett
Can a Japanese Airbag Protect You from Itself? Airbags are supposed to protect passengers during car crashes, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says bags installed in millions of cars are an immediate danger to drivers. When they explode, they spray drivers and passengers with metal fragments. Five deaths have been linked to faulty airbags made by the Japanese company Takata. US safety regulators have asked BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda and Mazda for a recall. Nobody yet knows how many cars are involved. Jeff Bennett, who covers the automotive industry for the Wall Street Journal , joins us from Detroit.
GM's Internal Report on Recall Failures After receiving results from an international investigation today, General Motors CEO Mary Barra fired 15 people, disciplined five more and admitted to repeated delays in recalling 2.6 million cars linked to at least 13 deaths in 47 crashes. Addressing GM employees in Warren, Michigan, she asserted, "But I never want to put this behind us. I want to keep this painful experience permanently in our collective memories. I don't want to forget what happened because I – and I know you — never want this to happen again." Jeff Bennett is automotive reporter for the Wall Street Journal .
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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.
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?