FROM Geoff Bennett
Trump's AG pick is grilled Jeff Sessions was grilled this morning by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee . Alabama's Republican Senator is Donald Trump's nominee to be US Attorney General. While Sessions repeated his view that Roe v. Wade is "one of the worst colossally erroneous Supreme Court decisions" of all time, he acknowledged that it is "the law of the land" and vowed to respect it. He also defended his record on race. "This caricature of me back in 1986 was not correct. I am the same person perhaps wiser, maybe a little better, I hope so, today, than I was then, but I did not harbor the kind of animosities and race-based discrimination ideas that I was accused of."
Democratic Unity: A Reality or a Dream? Last night, Michelle Obama electrified the delegates with an appeal for unity behind Hillary Clinton and pointed criticism of Donald Trump. Today, for the first time, the majority of delegates at a major party convention will nominate a woman to run for the White House. Bill Clinton will take up where Michelle Obama and Elizabeth Warren left off — addressing a Democratic Party that’s very different from the one he led. Even this morning, Sanders was booed by some delegates, when he said that voting for Hillary is the only way to defeat Trump. We hear a heart-to-heart between delegates still taking different sides.
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.