FROM Ronald White
Oil Refiners Look to Make Permanent Cutbacks Oil companies are losing money because of the economic downtown and consumers' changing habits. Cutbacks in production of gasoline and diesel fuel will increase prices, and they've already started. That's according to Ron White, reporting for the Los Angeles Times .
Decreased Port Traffic Signals Increased Economic Weakness After 20 years of uninterrupted expansion, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach saw declines in cargo shipments last year. The Port of LA says it was down 6% and estimates say the Port of Long Beach saw a drop of 10%. We hear what the stalling of Southern California's biggest economic engine means for the local economy.
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.