FROM Diane Bailey
Should Truckers Get a Break on Air Quality Rules? Here in LA, we love to gripe about how bad the smog is. It's a national cliché. But if you're old enough to have taken a deep breath in Los Angeles back in the 1970's, you know just how bad air quality can get. Thanks to passing the strictest emissions regulations in the country, California now has relatively decent air. So, at least to environmentalists, rolling back tough regulations for diesel trucks -- the worst air pollution offenders left in the state -- seems to set a bad precedent. But truckers say they need more time to retrofit their rigs and to update to cleaner models. In response the California Air Resources Board has proposed relaxing rules for aging diesel rigs… They're expected to decide this on Thursday.
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 plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.