FROM Jonathan Cowan
Are the Democrats Suffering an Identity Crisis? Hillary Clinton may not be facing much of a primary challenge, but that doesn't mean that Democrats aren't divided among themselves. Left-wing Progressives are beginning to sound like Tea-Party Conservatives. They don't want compromise with Republicans -- or other Democrats. It starts at the top with the President and Senator Elizabeth Warren disagreeing on free trade, and it's playing out in primary races around the country. One reporter calls it an ancient " blood feud " that's finally come out in the open. Is it all about ideology versus pragmatism or the best way to raise money?
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.