FROM Lauren Maddox
Who's in Control on Capitol Hill? In Washington today, a reported deal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit by Thursday was on-again, off again. Deal or no deal, there’s no guarantee that another, similar crisis won’t arise a few weeks from now. Tea Party Republicans want an end to business as usual, and new sources of funding allow them to thumb their noses at the traditional GOP. Today’s plan by the House was rejected by the Obama White House—although it was similar to the Senate plan with some amendments. Who’s in control on Capitol Hill? What about next year’s elections? Is real compromise possible in Washington’s 24-hour goldfish bowl?
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?
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.
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?
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?