FROM Philip Howard
In Beer Merger Mania, Anheuser-Busch InBev Says It’s Miller Time Anheuser-Busch was a historic American company—but now it’s owned by InBev of Brazil. Miller and Coors also got together, and they’re now part of SABMiller of England. Now, SABMiller has its eye on Heineken of Holland, and there are reports that it’s lining up financing to take over InBev. Philip Howard is Professor of Community, Food and Agriculture at Michigan State University, a student of consolidation in the food industry.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.