FROM Gary Lorden
Will Powerball 'Inspire' New Gamblers in California? Bluebird Liquors in Hawthorne sold 8000 tickets in its first five hours of business today, as California became the 43rd state in the Union to offer Powerball . The California Lottery invested big money to promote Powerball on radio and TV. "California Dreamin'" is the background music over pictures of people looking delighted as little white lottery balls drift from above, ending up with a red ball drifting into the hand of the winner of Powerball and the words "Believe in Something Bigger." Nobody asks "bigger than what…" but the California Lottery figures viewers will figure that out for themselves.
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.
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.
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.