FROM Howard Witt
Thousands Demonstrate for 'Jena 6' In the rural town of Jena, Louisiana today—a town of 3000 people, thousands showed up for a demonstration reminiscent of the civil rights movement of the 1960's and 70's. What sparked the demonstration is the following: A year ago, a black high school student asked school officials if he could break tradition and sit under a tree where whites congregate. Shortly afterward, nooses were hung on the tree; the local District Attorney says there is no law under which anyone could be charged for such a provocative action. In the meantime, after a fight, during which a white student was bloodied and knocked unconscious, six black students were charged with attempted murder. Mychal Bell has been convicted of aggravated battery and was to be sentenced today, but an appeals court overthrew the conviction , saying he should not have been tried as an adult. Civil rights leaders Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton held the demonstration anyway.
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.
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?