FROM Dennis Cauchon
Wesley Snipes: Punished for Being Famous? In February, actor Wesley Snipes was acquitted of tax fraud and conspiracy, but convicted of failing to file federal tax returns for three years in a row. Those were misdemeanor charges, and Snipes apologized and even tried to make a down payment. But Florida federal judge William Terrell Hodges wouldn’t accept it and he sentenced Snipes to a year on each count - 3 years in federal prison.
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.
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.
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.