FROM Christopher Martin
Can US Solar Companies Compete with Cheaper Chinese Rivals? Solyndra has filed for bankruptcy and laid off 1100 workers. It's being investigated by Republicans in Congress and the FBI. The Obama White House has taken heat for pushing $527million in federal subsidies for the California-based solar company as a provider of jobs in the "green economy." Now the Labor Department is looking into the impact on competition from China. Before Solyndra went bankrupt, President Obama called it "a testament to American ingenuity and dynamism." Chris Martin is clean-tech and renewable energy reporter from Bloomberg News .
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.
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.
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.