FROM Peter Davison
Plastic in the Ocean - Where Has It All Gone? Cups, bags, bottles and drinking straws, many of these single-use plastics end up in the ocean. But according to a new study, it’s not exactly clear how much of this kind of plastic trash is out there in the depths, and what is happening to it. This week, the National Academy of Sciences reported that a team led by Spanish researchers have found that 99% of the debris they expected to find in the ocean simply wasn’t there. So, where did it go? Peter Davison, a marine biologist at the Farallon Institute in Petaluma, California, joins us.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.
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.