FROM Patrice Harris
A Deadly Epidemic and New Rules for Drug Addiction "Drug abuse" has long been criminalized, but drug addiction is now recognized as a medical problem, and it's taking a staggering toll. Overdose deaths from opioids — prescription painkillers, as well as heroin -- are breaking records. Doctors and the pharmaceutical industry have both been part of the problem. They're also considered essential to finding the right solution, which recognizes the problem not as the consequence of a character flaw but as a medical condition. Will new rules from the Obama Administration be enough to get the epidemic under control?
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?
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.