FROM Ed Halpern
Rising Drug Use on California's Horse Racing Tracks? Woth $4.1 billion a year, California is the biggest horse-racing state in the nation, but it's falling behind on enforcement of rules against the drugging of horses. In the past six years, more than a quarter-billion dollars have been bet on winners who failed drug texts after their races were over, creating "a climate for drug abuse that is unmatched in any other major sport." That's according to a lengthy investigation by the Orange County Register . Are horse owners preventing a crack down? Is the series a hatchet job?
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?
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?
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?