FROM Marla Jo Fisher
The Off-Again On-Again Dean at UC Irvine UC Irvine’s “new law school will be founded on the bedrock principle of academic freedom.” That’s according to Chancellor Michael Drake and Erwin Chemerinsky - who was hired as the founding dean of the law school on Labor Day, then let go last week. A UCI professor gathered 633 signatures protesting the action, and the national outcry included an editorial in the New York Times. Today, Chemerinksy was hired again and he accepted.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.