FROM Christy Mallory
The Battle for Bathrooms Two weeks ago, the Obama Administration directed that gender identity should be the deciding factor , rather than gender at birth. Thirteen states have already filed suit, accusing the government of a "massive social experiment" that threatens the safety of children. States that don’t accept the guidelines are facing boycotts by business and entertainers — and possible loss of federal money.
North Carolina Lawmakers Plan to Defy DoJ Bathroom Bill Deadline In North Carolina, Republican lawmakers announced Thursday that they will refuse to comply with an order from the Department of Justice to suspend or repeal a law by Monday that limits bathroom access for transgender people. The Justice Department says the law, HB2, violates federal civil rights protections. North Carolina stands to lose billions of dollars in federal funding if they defy the order.
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.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.