FROM Will Evans
Walmart Uses Ballot Threats to Push New Stores Walmart is increasingly using California's initiative system and budget woes to expand in the state, according to a new report from California Watch, a project of the Center for Investigative Reporting. In cities across the state, Walmart has circulated petitions to build new stores or eliminate local restrictions on big-box retailers. With enough signatures, state law requires cities to approve the petitions or hold a special election. With cash-strapped cities opting out of costly elections, Walmart's strategy has pushed through four new superstores in the past year and rolled back regulations in San Diego. Will Evans wrote the story for California Watch .
BP Gets Millions in Stimulus for California Power Plant Oil giant BP is under heavy pressure from Washington to pay for the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon blowout . At the same time, it’s collecting $308 million in stimulus money for its role in building a power plant near Bakersfield. Will Evans is reporting that story for California Watch , a project of the Center for Investigative Reporting.
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.
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?
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.