FROM John Villasenor
There May Be Drones in Your Future — Like It or Not We've all heard about drones used by the military against hostile forces, by law enforcement and to patrol America's borders. The private uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are currently limited to 400 feet off the ground, within sight of the operator. But a mandate from Congress , signed by the President, is about to make UAV's -- drones -- a ubiquitous presence in civilian life. What are the possible consequences for the "friendly skies?" We hear about unlimited usefulness, as well as safety and privacy.
There May Be Drones in Your Future — Like It or Not The uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, also called drones, are limited only by the imagination. Think of hovering cameras the size of hummingbirds or flies. Already being used by the military against hostile forces, by law enforcement and to patrol America's borders, by an act of Congress , signed by the President, drones will be a ubiquitous part of civilian life in America in a very short time. Drones are so cheap and so easy to make and operate that a booming new industry is already creating concerns about safety and privacy. We hear about what drones can do and ask if it's too late for the law to catch up with the technology?
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?
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?
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.