FROM Dave Quast
When It Comes to Fracking, Big Government Trumps Local Control Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is moving America toward energy independence. Fracking uses large volumes of water under high pressure to free oil and natural gas deposits from underground shale. The EPA says it can contaminate aquifers and create unhealthy air. It's even said to cause earthquakes. But when 59 percent of Denton, Texas, voted to ban fracking for natural gas, they were over-ruled by state politicians . Oklahoma has also banned fracking bans. Are the rights of oil companies with absentee owners taking precedence over community health and safety? We hear what's at stake for the nation's economy.
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.
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.