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.
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.
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?
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.
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?