FROM Walt Hickey
Betting (and Winning) on the Oscars The Academy Awards ceremony is one of America's most-watched events, and Sunday's broadcast will be hyped for "suspense," as usual. But insiders and savvy gamblers know that most of the nominees don't have much chance of winning. There are only 6000 members of the Academy, and they choose the winners for "weird reasons." Nevertheless, winners are predictable, and Oscar night is a good night for gamblers. That's according to Walt Hickey, lead life-style writer for FiveThirtyEight , a data-driven website that specializes in predictions. Photo: John Eckman
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.
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?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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?