FROM Scott Malone
Irma hit eastern Caribbean, heads to Puerto Rico The House has already passed and sent to the Senate $7.9 billion in aid for Hurricane Harvey. Meantime, Hurricane Irma is packing 185-mile winds, heading directly for Puerto Rico. Florida Governor Rick Scott is urging people to heed evacuation orders. Some have already been issued. Scott Malone is reporting for Reuters in Puerto Rico.
Guinness Pulls Out of St. Paddy's Day Parade over Gay Exclusion St. Patrick's Day Parades are time-honored traditions in New York and Boston, but Mayors Bill DeBlasio and Martin Walsh, respectively, have gone where politicians of the past might have feared to tread. Both refused to march because gays and lesbians aren't allowed. Boston's parade was yesterday; New York's was today. Both were without traditional features, not just the mayors but key sponsors: Guinness, the quintessential Irish brewer, and Massachusetts' own Sam Adams. Scott Malone is editor in charge of the Northeastern States for Reuters .
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.