FROM Christine Schenk
What Are the Prospects for a 'Vatican Spring?' Three days after Benedict XVI made himself Pope Emeritus by resignation , the College of Cardinals gathered today at the Vatican. They came by car, bus and taxi and told reporters they have a lot to talk about before going to the Sistine Chapel to vote on Benedict's replacement. The Pope Emeritus has left the Church of Rome coping with sex abuse, financial corruption, and the role of women. The Vatican has confirmed wiretaps on its own officials, and the Pope Emeritus is being publicly criticized -- unthinkable during his years of infallibility. Will the next Pope be vulnerable to pressure to step down? We hear demands for reform from American nuns and sex-abuse victims and update today's developments in Rome.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.
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.