FROM Max Lawson
Harsh Truths about Income Inequality The world's 85 richest people control as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion. That's according to a study by the humanitarian group, Oxfam — and it's caught the attention of the movers and shakers at this week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. With the US leading the way, the gap is growing between the rich and the rest, provoking stark warnings about social stability. We hear how income inequality got to be on the agenda for the rich and powerful at Davos. How did the very rich get that way? Will they ever share their wealth willingly, or is greed a form of addiction?
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.
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.
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.
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?