FROM Bob Jaeger
Pope Francis and Catholic Culture Shock The first modern Pope from outside Europe is much more than the world celebrity he's become since arriving in Rome from Argentina in 2013. One biographer says he's not just a man, but a movement leader -- focused on shifting the cutting edge of Roman Catholic power. He's chosen new cardinals from Myanmar, Cape Verde and Tonga — not Milan, Madrid or Los Angeles — and he's publicly scolded the Vatican establishment . His focus on poverty has Rush Limbaugh labeling him a "Communist." What will it mean for Catholics in Europe, the US, and the developing world?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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?
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.