FROM Molly Knight
Dodgers: Winning the Money Game The Dodgers kick off a two-game series against the Oakland A’s up in the Bay Area tomorrow. And entering into this series, the Dodgers are leading the National League Western Division…which they also lead last year. Not that it mattered: the Dodgers were bounced by the Cardinals in the postseason. But with the biggest payroll in the major leagues, an ownership group that paid $2 billion for the team a few years ago, and an $8 billion deal with Time-Warner Cable, the Dodgers do win the money game.
MLB Slams Dodgers Bankruptcy Filing After Frank McCourt took the Dodgers into bankruptcy yesterday, Major League Baseball said he was "pursuing his own financial interests at the expense of the club." But McCourt got a break today, when lawyers for both sides agreed he can use a big loan to make payroll and stay in control for at least another month. Molly Knight reports for ESPN the Magazine .
Judge Pushes Dodgers Closer to Sale Now that Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has rejected Frank McCourt's deal with Fox Sports TV, McCourt has until next Thursday to meet the Dodgers' next payroll. If he fails, Selig could seize the team "in the interests of organized baseball." Molly Knight reports for ESPN The Magazine .
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.
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?
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.