FROM Phillip Lohaus
Reality Check: politics and the military Military strength and defense spending have been political footballs in every presidential campaign since the end of the Second World War. Now, the US spends more on troops and weapons than the next nine countries combined, while Donald Trump insists that we're weaker than ever. But insiders say Hillary Clinton sounds more likely to resort to force in foreign struggles the US can't resolve — or escape from once it's entangled. Where do they stand not just on traditional preparedness, but on the future of warfare in the cyberworld?
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.
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?