FROM Douglas Vakoch
Big Money and New Discoveries in the Search for Aliens Today, NASA officials announced the discovery of a new Earth-like planet that may be habitable. It’s been named Kepler - 452b.And it comes the same week that a Russian tycoon gave the search for extraterrestrial life a $100 million boost. Artist's concept compares Earth (L) to the new planet, called Kepler-452b which is about 60 percent larger in diameter. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle
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?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.