FROM Claudia Kalb
Why 'stable genius' is an oxymoron Responding to Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury,” Donald Trump tweeted that he was a “stable genius.” We look at what a real genius is -- often they aren’t stable at all. We also look at who among our presidents might be classified as geniuses.
Is Obesity a Problem that's Too Big to Solve? The First Lady and the Surgeon General have joined the Centers for Disease Control in the campaign against obesity , especially among children. One-third of young people are so overweight they’re at risk of Type-2 Diabetes. Ten percent of infants and toddlers are dangerously heavy. The food industry is under pressure to cut back on fat and calories. What about the soft-drink business ?
Is Obesity a Problem that's Too Big to Solve? The obesity epidemic is old news, but it's not getting better. One-third of young people are so overweight they're at risk of Type-2 Diabetes. Ten percent of infants and toddlers are dangerously heavy. First Lady Michelle Obama wants to end childhood obesity in a generation. She's joined the Surgeon General and Centers for Disease Control in the campaign against obesity. The food industry is under pressure to cut back on fat and calories. The beverage industry says it's stopped delivering sugary drinks to schools. But public relations and voluntary guidelines won't end a crisis with roots in technology and transportation as well as agriculture. We hear about the dangers of America's " culture of corpulence " and what change will require.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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?
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.