FROM Michael Shaw
Next Year's Major Battle Is shaping up in Sacramento What costs billions of dollars a year and has something for everybody to hate? Almost any plan for reforming healthcare in California. Governor Schwarzenegger and the Democrats, doctors and hospitals, consumer groups and insurance companies are just some of the players with different ideas about healthcare reform. The first salvo in next year's political shooting match comes from Senate Democrats led by President Pro Tem Don Perata. His plan would mandate that companies cover their employees, and those that did not would have to contribute--along with their workers--to a fund administered by a state agency. Assembly Democrats will be next and Governor Schwarzenegger has plans to make good on a campaign promise. We learn what's proposed and what might be possible.
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?
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?
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.
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.