FROM Milton Hoenig
Iran and the Prospect of Military Action Last week, the Jerusalem Post reported that the Bush Administration planned to attack Iran before leaving office. The White House said the story "was not worth the paper it was printed on," but Senators of both parties have been asking if there are any such plans. There's another report today that the Bush Administration plans to attack Iran, this time from the Asia Times, which cites a former assistant secretary of state saying the US plans an air strike on the headquarters of Iran's elite Quds force, which the US calls a "terrorist group." The International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran is " willfully uncooperative " about its nuclear program. What are the prospects—and possible consequences—of attacking Iran? Is it good diplomacy to keep "all options open?"
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?
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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.