FROM Doug Obey
The Last Days of the Bush EPA The Environmental Protection Agency has been told by the US Supreme Court that it's time to determine if greenhouse gases are a danger to public health. If they are, then tailpipe emissions from cars and trucks should be regulated accordingly. A year has passed since the order, but nothing's been done, and despite repeated promises from President Bush, it now appears that won't happen as long as he's in office. Conservative think-tanks and industry lobbyists say the court didn't know that its ruling could shut down the economy. Environmentalists say they'll go back to court. Does inaction represent prudent public policy or foot dragging for special interests?
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.
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?