FROM Jesse Jenkins
Climate Bill Set Aside: What's Next for US Energy Policy? After a series of stunning victories on economic stimulus, healthcare, finance reform and unemployment insurance, President Obama suffered a major setback yesterday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared that the climate-change bill is dead, at least for now. Months ago, the House passed a comprehensive bill to charge corporate polluters for releasing carbon dioxide, but even a pared-down version failed to attract enough votes in the Senate. Jesse Jenkins is Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute .
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.
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.
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?