FROM Fred L. Smith
Is Government the Problem or the Solution? Politics has always been about who controls government. Now it's about the value of government. Since the days of Ronald Reagan, Republicans have been promising tax cuts and "smaller" government. But "progressive" Democrats say don't forget -- strong government led America out of the Great Depression, creating history's most prosperous nation. We hear how the battle is playing out today, on the road to the White House -- and in Topeka, Kansas.
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?
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.