FROM Michael Vatis
Cyberwarfare: Is the Best Defense a Good Offense? Somebody has spent the past five years stealing corporate and government secrets in 14 countries, the biggest coordinated cyber attack discovered so far. One former presidential advisor says, "They're getting our research and development for pennies on the dollar." The most likely culprit is China. But it's not just a question of economics, it's a threat to national security. We hear about the operation now dubbed "Shady RAT," with at least 72 targets, including government agencies, corporations, the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations. What's already been lost? How vulnerable is the US? Has the government appeared to be passive so far because we're doing it too?
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?
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.