FROM Tim Dickinson
The NRA Explained With around five million members and $250 million a year in revenue, the NRA is perhaps the most effective lobbying organization in the country. What explains its wide-ranging power?
Has President Obama Declared War on Medical Marijuana? Federal law bans all marijuana but, in 16 states and Washington, DC , it's legal as medicine. As a candidate, Barack Obama said he would not "circumvent state law," and his administration discontinued the high-profile raids of the Bush years. But now those raids have resumed, and local officials implementing state laws are being threatened with federal prosecution. The crackdown has growers, distributors and patients accusing President Obama of breaking a campaign promise. But some law enforcement officers and two Governors think it’s time to change the drug’s federal classification.
The President and Medical Marijuana Federal law bans all marijuana but, in 16 states and Washington, DC, it's legal as medicine . As a candidate, Barack Obama said he would not "circumvent state law," and his administration discontinued the high-profile raids of the Bush years. But now those raids have resumed, and local officials implementing state laws are being threatened with federal prosecution. Has the President broken a campaign promise? Is medical marijuana a front for organized crime? Is it so widely used that the federal ban should go the way of alcohol prohibition?
The Gulf Oil Spill and the Obama Presidency At the White House today, BP agreed to establish a $20 billion trust fund to pay claims from the Gulf oil spill. The fund will be overseen by Kenneth Feinberg , who handled victims' claims in the aftermath of September 11. Last night, in his first speech from the Oval Office President Obama outlined what he called his “ battle plan ” for the Gulf oil spill.
The Oil Spill and the Obama Presidency At the White House today, BP agreed to establish a $20 billion escrow fund to pay claims from the worst oil spill in American history. Last night, in his first address from the Oval Office, President Obama promised to restore the Gulf Coast and to prevent such a disaster from happening again. The President demanded action, but his speech was short on specifics. What about controlling the spill? Should offshore drilling continue? Did he make the case for an energy bill to start weaning the country off the oil economy? Did he reassure Americans that his Administration is fully in charge?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.