FROM Gary Fineout
Florida's Marco Rubio Is Suddenly a GOP Rising Star When Governor Charlie Crist hugged President Obama and supported the federal stimulus plan, Florida politics changed forever. In his US Senate run, Republican Crist had to turn Independent, and proceeded to lose big Tuesday to a rising GOP star. Today's New York Times quotes a supporter calling Marco Rubio , "our Cuban Barack Obama." As the first Cuban-American Speaker of the state's lower house, he was early to recognize the power of Tea Party sentiment. Gary Fineout is Capitol Bureau Chief for the Herald-Tribune in Sarasota.
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?
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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.