FROM John Biggs
3D Printing and DIY Guns Three-D printers produce objects by spraying thin layers of plastic, metal or ceramics that build into shapes. Industrial companies use them to make parts. Gun components have been made that way and used in guns that successfully fire bullets. Now a law student in Texas has set off a raging controversy with plans to completely print a functional weapon and release the specifications free on the Internet. The Wiki Weapon project raises the possibility of a convicted felon making a gun without needing a permit or a kid in the bedroom making a gun while parents think he or she is "playing video games on line." John Biggs is East Coast Editor of Tech Crunch .
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?
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.
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.