FROM Patty Senecal
Big Rig Pollution and the Port’s Green Truck Program The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach account for almost 25% of the region’s diesel emissions. Studies show human cancer risks fifteen miles inland, and diesel exhaust has been linked to asthma, heart disease and underweight newborns. The Ports have embarked on a massive cleanup effort focusing partly on 16,000 trucks that cause a big part of the problem. That means big money, and today 30 big-rigs caravaned down the 110 Freeway from the Sports Arena to the Ports themselves to raise public attention.
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?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.