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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.