FROM Jodi Enda
Where Have All the Watchdogs Gone? Regulatory agencies are boring until brakes fail, mines explode and oil-rigs blow up. But as newspapers cut back to save money, one of the casualties is coverage of those myriad Washington's agencies. Can media watchdogs prevent the worst case scenarios from occurring? What are the consequences of cutbacks in coverage? Washington writer Jodi Enda is a former White House correspondent for Knight-Ridder.
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.
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.