FROM Sue Sturgis
Can 'Moral Mondays' Change the South? Occupy Wall Street's accused of crying, "Wolf." Weeks of protests failed to move Republicans in Wisconsin. Will it be different in North Carolina? In 2008, Barack Obama carried the state and there was talk of another Southern State turning purple. But last year, he lost there and Republicans won the governorship and super-majorities in both legislative houses for the first time since the Civil War. The GOP has exercised its power, giving rise to "Moral Mondays." Since April, increasing crowds from various walks of life have gathered every Monday near the State House in Raleigh. Hundreds have been arrested. So far, they've being ignored by Republicans, who've used new-found power to cut unemployment benefits, healthcare and education. But, harking back to the civil rights movement, protesters say demographic change and civil disobedience will transform the state and the entire region.
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.