FROM Denea Joseph
Does Affirmative Action Have a Future? Tomorrow, the US Supreme Court will take another look at making race and ethnicity part of admissions to elite public colleges and universities. It's the second time the court will review the claim of a white woman, Abigail Fisher , who in 2008 sued the University of Texas at Austin for racial discrimination — claiming that she was rejected in favor of minority applicants less academically qualified. The justices have a history of eroding affirmative action, and supporters of partially race-based admissions are not expecting good news. Are there other ways of creating the campus diversity regarded as essential to higher education?
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.
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?