FROM Ferdinando Giugliano
Greek Voters Just Say "No" After five years of pension cuts and tax increases, the prospect of greater austerity in exchange for another bailout was defeated yesterday by a margin of 60 percent. The banks are still closed, and Greece faces default, financial collapse, expulsion from the Eurozone — and possibly from the European Union. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calls his referendum " a celebration of democracy " and, for the moment, EU leaders don't know what to do. One sign of possible conciliation is the surprise resignation of controversial Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis. We look at possible options for America's biggest trading partner.
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.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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?