FROM Justin Pritchard
Tentative Agreement Reached in Port Dispute Twenty-nine West Coast ports are fully open again. The maritime industry reached an agreement with union negotiators Friday after nine months of stalemate. But 13,000 rank and file members won't vote on ratification until April — and the companies haven't formally accepted the new contract, either. Continued uncertainty won't help the ports get back to business, according to Justin Pritchard of the Associated Press .
The West Coast Ports and the US Economy The President has sent Labor Secretary Tom Perez to San Francisco to try to bring longshore workers and West Coast shippers together after nine months of working without a contract. The shippers claim workers have slowed things down — so they shut 29 ports for three days to avoid paying holiday premiums.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.