FROM Robert Ray
Real estate, Russian oligarchs and American politics President Trump made clear on Wednesday in an interview with the New York Times , that he's unhappy with a lot of the people who work for him. He attacked his own attorney general, saying Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russia investigation was "very unfair to the president." Trump didn't quite threaten to fire the special counsel Bob Mueller -- but he left open the possibility, and said it would be a particular violation if Mueller started looking into his family's finances beyond Russia. What is Trump so nervous about? We look at what it means to follow the Russian money and where it might lead us.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.