FROM Ron Schouten
Terrorism and America's Culture of Fear For weeks now, there's been saturation news coverage of violence in the US and around the world -- from Paris, to Colorado Springs to San Bernardino. The results include school closings from Los Angeles to rural Virginia and metal detectors at Disneyland and Universal studios. Public opinion polls show that such non-stop news coverage of violence has created a high rate of fear among Americans. President Obama has acknowledged it, and alarmist warnings of "terrorism" to come are a staple of Republican presidential campaigns. But an American is more likely to die from a fall in the bathtub than a terrorist bullet or bomb, and that's raised the specter of over-reaction. We look at the consequences of ignoring former President Franklin Roosevelt, who famously said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.