FROM Angie Drobnic Holan
After Months of Campaigning, What More Do We Know? Four days before a potentially game-changing election, voters have been inundated with TV commercials that simplify, and often distort, some painful realities. The economy is barely creeping along, there's a sense that President Obama's agenda has failed, and Democrats are not defending it in their campaigns. Republicans are long on attacks but short on persuasive alternatives, so both parties are courting the Independents who will decide next week's elections. With the nation facing challenges of mind-boggling complexity, TV commercials simplify more than ever and their rates of accuracy are falling fast. With another rally ready to form up on the Washington Mall, we get several assessments of this year's campaigns.
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.
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.