FROM Rick Jervis
South Soaked by Swollen Mississippi River As the Army Corps of Engineers continues opening the Morganza Spillway, sheriff's deputies are going door to door in low-lying Cajun country, urging residents to seek higher ground. That's according to Rick Jervis, Gulf Coast correspondent for USA Today .
President Obama on the Oil Spill, Tougher Offshore Drilling Policy At the White House today, President Obama conceded widespread frustration, but defended federal government actions since Day One. He said that BP has superior expertise and technology, but that the government must approve everything the company does. He also revised policies on offshore oil drilling and canceled some current operations. We have more on his news conference and a progress report on " Top Kill ."
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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?