FROM Kevin Baxter
USA Soccer Doesn't Flop, and That Hurts Our Chances In the World Cup, much depends on how theatrically you play the great game. Success may depend as much on acting ability as athletic skill. The US is beginning its World Cup run today , and coach Jurgen Klinsmann says they'll need to improve their play. What about their acting? Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times joins us from Natal, in northeastern Brazil, where the USA Men's National Soccer team starts this year's competition.
Dodgers Celebrate 50 Years with a Traffic Jam It’s been 50 years since the Dodgers came to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, and the big news for Dodger fans is Joe Torre — who’s won more games than any but seven other managers … most recently, of course, for the Yankees. On Saturday it was déjà vu all over again when the Dodgers went back to the Coliseum to play the Red Sox. A certified 115,300 people showed up, which qualifies as the biggest crowd ever to watch a major league baseball game.
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?
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.
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?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?