FROM Ari Schwartz
Recent Security Breaches, Embarrassing or Something More? Highly publicized blunders have raised questions about security at the White House and at airport checkpoints nationwide. If the Tareq and Michaele Salahi could crash the State Dinner for the Prime Minister of India, were the Obamas and guests at risk? When the Transportation Security Administration put an operations manual on-line, did would-be terrorists learn anything new? The President has ordered government agencies to be more transparent. Will that "openness" lead to future mistakes that erode public safety? If the Obama administration seems weak on national security, will that create a new political reality in an election year?
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.
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?
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.