FROM Jeff Tiberii
Did Regulators Protect Duke Energy from Oil-Spill Lawsuit? It's been more than 40 days since coal-ash from a Duke Energy power plant contaminated 70 miles of North Carolina's Dan River. Public health officials have warned against drinking the water or eating fish caught in the Dan. But the failure to clean up so far is only part of the story. A federal grand jury has been convened for a criminal investigation, with at least 23 subpoenas issued. There are claims of a "sweetheart deal" between the company and regulators appointed by the Governor, a former Duke Energy employee. Jeff Tiberii is Greensboro Bureau chief for WUNC , the NPR affiliate in Chapel Hill.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.