FROM Paul Pion
Pet Food-Related Deaths Higher than Reported by FDA Two years ago, 75 dogs died from liver failure due to a fungus found on Diamond Pet Foods. Last week, the Food and drug Administration said 14 dogs and cats have died of kidney failure due to the rat poison in foods supplied by Menu Foods of Ontario, Canada. Menu Foods says 16 have died. Meantime, 60 million pet-food containers have now been recalled--with 95 different labels. While the FDA has confirmed 14 deaths, a network of veterinarians says today there have been more than 100. Are expensive pet foods any different than cheap ones? How much do federal, state and local governments regulate a $16 billion industry? We hear from a network of 30,000 veterinarians.
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?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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?