FROM Robert Block
Retiring the Space Shuttle Atlantis The space shuttle Atlantis made what's likely to be its last landing today at Cape Canaveral. Robert Block, space editor for the Orlando Sentinel , called it "a beautiful, bittersweet homecoming," picture perfect and right on time.
Obama's Vision for US Space Exploration George W. Bush cancelled the Space Shuttle program. Now Barack Obama wants to cancel Bush’s plan for going back to the Moon—at least for the moment. That’s provoked a battle over the budget for NASA featuring a public relations blitz by Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan and Jim Lovell—heroes of space exploration 40 years ago. Today, President Obama’s in Florida pushing his vision .
Obama's Vision for US Space Exploration George W. Bush cancelled the Space Shuttle program. Now Barack Obama wants to cancel Bush's plan for going back to the Moon, at least for the moment. That's provoked a battle over the budget for NASA featuring a public relations blitz by heroes of space exploration 40 years ago, who warn that the cancellation means an end to America's domination of space exploration. Some members of both political parties agree. But supporters say the President's budget has been the victim of lousy public relations. In Florida today, he outlined a plan to explore new worlds with new, privately developed technology, with the ultimate goal of getting humans to Mars. Can space entrepreneurs do it cheaper and faster than government scientists and engineers? What about jobs in California, Texas, Alabama and Florida?
More Arrests in Foiled London Terror Plot British officials say the same men who attacked Glasgow Airport in a flaming Jeep Cherokee also rigged two Mercedes to explode in London the day before. Seven people have been arrested in those attacks, two of them doctors. We hear more about the investigation and what it could mean for the US.
President Bush: 'Iraq Victory Vital' Addressing Coast Guard graduates this morning, the President said that victory in Iraq is vital and Americans are still facing a major threat from terrorists. We speak with Robert Block who covers the Department of Homeland Security for The Wall Street Journal and is a former foreign correspondent.
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.