FROM Sean Solomon
Messenger Spacecraft Sends Back Pictures of Mercury For a week now, excited astronomers have been looking at close-up images of Mercury, where temperatures range from 800° to -300°. Is it possible that the planet closest to the Sun has deposits of frozen water? In 2004, we talked with Dr. Dean Soloman as the Mercury Messenger spacecraft took off for a long complex voyage to the planet nearest the Sun. He is the principle investigator for the Mercury Mission and Director of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution for Science .
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.
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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?