FROM Matt Apuzzo
Justice Report Finds Widespread Racial Bias in Ferguson PD After an extensive investigation, the US Department of Justice has cleared former Ferguson Missouri police officer Darren Wilson of civil rights violations in the shooting death of the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. A separate report found widespread racial bias in the city's police department. Reporter Matt Apuzzo is following the case for the New York Times and has the details.
Blackwater Verdict Four Blackwater contractors were found guilty today in the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007. The massacre marked a turning point in the Iraq conflict, and inflamed anti-American sentiment in Iraq and abroad. It also recast Blackwater as an agency unto itself; above the law, needlessly violent and reckless.
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.