FROM Robert Kim-Farley
Health Officials Tracking Swine Flu Outbreak The number of confirmed Swine Flu cases more than doubled today in the US, increasing concern about how to deal with the outbreak. State and local public health officials are tracking cases of the influenza strain from San Diego to Sacramento, and officials at the Mexican border and Los Angeles International Airport are on alert for people coming into the US with flu-like symptoms. We hear more about the spread of the outbreak from Bryan Walsh of Time magazine, and an update on what's being done to contain the threat here in California from Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, Director of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention for the Los Angeles County Department if Health Services.
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.
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.