FROM Katharine 'Kit' Seelye
'Waitress Moms,' 'Walmart Moms' and Undecided Voters Both parties agree that the 2012 presidential election is going down to the wire. President Obama and Mitt Romney are dashing from swing state to swing state in pursuit of this year's last undecided voters. Polls show they are women — predominantly white, non-college educated, working women who are the fastest growing part of a changing workforce — not the "soccer moms" of the prosperous 1990's. Obama accuses Romney of conducting "a war on women," but they've been moving in Romney's direction since after the first debate. Are they more concerned about abortion and contraception or the economy? How does "micro-targeting" help the candidates speak to the different needs of different women?
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.
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.