FROM Lynn Wachtmann
State Politics and the Gender Wars The National Organization for Women calls it "wonderfully humorous," but Ohio's Democratic State Senator Nina Turner says she's "as serious as a heart attack." She's one of the female legislators in several states who say they're giving the men a taste of their own medicine when it comes to restrictions on abortion and contraception. One proposal requires that a doctor confirm that a man has a medical reason for taking Viagra and knows the side effects before he can get a prescription. Another declares it an act against children for men to "waste" sperm . Supporters ask why anti-abortion laws don't make fathers equally accountable. We hear from them and from counterparts calling themselves "pro-life."
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.
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.
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.