FROM Scott Galupo
Budget Crisis Fallout: What's the Damage? Government workers are returning. The United States will continue to pay its bills. The President says there are no winners and that all Americans lost. Polls show Republicans and the Tea-Party dropping in public opinion, while the Affordable Care Act has gained some popularity. Did the President and the Democrats really win? Will there be a next round? What can Washington do now to regain the confidence of the American people—and the rest of the world? In today’s speech at the White House, President Obama said the threat of default has increased America’s borrowing costs and that, “the American people’s frustration with what goes on [in Washington] has never been higher…” The President said, “those who pushed for the shutdown and threatened default claim their actions were needed… to make America strong.”
The Republican Race for President: More Unsettled than Ever Establishment Republicans and other political pros think Mitt Romney is the most likely candidate to unseat President Obama a year from now. We get the latest with the Iowa caucuses less than two months away. In the meantime, a fourth woman has made sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain , this time in a public statement with the ugly details. Sharon Bialek, a former employee of the National Restaurant Association, then run by Herman Cain, said she'd been fired from her job and that her boyfriend suggested she ask Herman Cain how to get a new one. Facing a bank of cameras in New York City, she gave a graphic account of what happened. We hear what she said and what the impact might be and look at how the Republican presidential field is shaping up.
The Republican Race for President: More Unsettled than Ever Barack Obama is in trouble with American voters, but his re-election might well depend on the identity of his GOP challenger. Establishment Republicans and other political pros think Mitt Romney is the most likely candidate to unseat President Obama a year from now. But the Iowa caucuses could change things, as they did four years ago, and they're less than two months away. Will Mitt Romney go all out despite being clobbered in Iowa four years ago? Will a fourth woman damage Herman Cain with sexual harassment charges? Can Rick Perry spend his way out of a collapse in the public opinion polls? We look at some potential scenarios for Iowa and 11 other swing states, which could ultimately decide if there's going to be a change in the White House.
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.