FROM Jeff McDonald
Student Abandoned in DEA Holding Cell The Federal Drug Enforcement Agency has acknowledged that agents arrested a 23-year-old college senior, told him he'd be released and then left him alone in a holding cell for five days with no food or water. The DEA calls it an accident. Daniel Chong was picked up in a drug raid near the University of California, San Diego and taken to the Kearny Mesa facility. He was questioned and told he would be let go. Then, his five-day nightmare began. Jeff McDonald reports for U-T San Diego (formerly the "San Diego Union-Tribune").
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?
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.