FROM Timothy Aeppel
The Robots Are Coming. Is Your Job Safe? China has become the world's second-largest economy by manufacturing products faster and more cheaply than other countries. Now, China's massive factory workforce is being replaced by robots, and many people may be left behind. In the US and other developed countries, fast-food workers, office staffs and sales personnel also may soon be shouldered aside. And robots are teaching classes, researching legal cases — even writing news stories — without demanding vacations or time off. As robots become more creative, will guaranteed incomes be needed to sustain an unemployed middle class?
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?
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?
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.