FROM Alex Weprin
Donald Trump and "the people's right to know" The first Amendment protects press freedom. It does not say there has to be a White House Press Corps. Last night, the President-Elect defied protocol by slipping away to a restaurant without telling the small pool assigned to him "just in case something happens." Was that the beginning of something new? Throughout his career, Trump has been hostile to reporters — especially during his presidential campaign. Will daily press briefings be replaced by Breitbart News and tweets from the world’s most powerful public official? We look for some answers.
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.
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.
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.