FROM Miyoko Sakashita
Santa Barbara Oil Spill Tuesday's oil spill is being called "a worst nightmare scenario" by officials in Santa Barbara, California. It's giving us images of dead birds, clean-up crews and over nine miles of California Coast covered in 105,000 gallons of thick black oil. For Southern California, these images also bring echoes of the much larger 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill – which dumped three million gallons of crude oil. That spill spurred the modern environmental movement and motivated some activists to run for higher office. Photo: Clean-up efforts underway in Santa Barbara after Tuesday's oil spill (Saul Gonzalez)
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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?
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.
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.