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 .
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?
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?
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.