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.
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?
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?
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.
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.