FROM Felicia Wong
After years of promises, Republicans fill in the blanks The new House Tax Reform bill is supposed to save money for "average" Americans. Speaker Paul Ryan calls the new Republican tax cuts "a windfall for the middle class." Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi disagrees. "They have started to unveil a tax bill designed to plunder the middle class in order to put into the pockets of the wealthiest one percent more money." The battle between "special interests" is already under way, with the stakes high for the rich, the very rich, the middle class and the poor — for Red States and Blue States — for businesses big and small.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.