FROM Hezekiah Allen
Marijuana: Big Business that's about to Get Bigger Five years ago, only 45% of California voters approved the recreational use of marijuana, but recent polls have produced a consensus that it's inevitable -- perhaps as soon as next year . It's already a multi-billion dollar industry in this state, and multiple interests are waiting to get in on the action. That now includes growers in what's called the Emerald Triangle — Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity Counties. In the past, they've feared that legalization would hurt their business but, as we hear, that's changed.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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?
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.