FROM Steven Pearlstein
The March on Washington: Myths and Realities The March on Washington is remembered for Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech and what one historian calls "a sweetly patriotic glow." But it doesn't tell the whole story of what happened on that day in 1963 or what happened before and after. The press, the Kennedy White House -- even the NAACP -- feared that a crowd of mostly black Americans might turn violent and set back the civil rights cause. If it was a "defining moment" of the Civil Rights Movement, what is its legacy today? We put the event in the context of the times, when integrated, non-violent protest became big news. As we hear Dr. King's words, how much of his vision has been accomplished? How much has yet to be done?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
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?