FROM Jonathan Robe
Oregon and the Cost of Higher Education: 'Pay It Forward' Student borrowers now owe the federal government more than a trillion dollars, and college tuition is on the rise. The legislature in Oregon has adopted a new plan to help students cope with the increased costs of higher education. " Pay It Forward, Pay It Back " is not just for public colleges and universities, but for community colleges, too. It's a model first developed in Australia, reworked by the Economic Opportunity Institute, a think-tank in Seattle. We hear about the plan which students learn now for free and pay later from the earnings made possible by higher education.
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.