FROM Joe Contreras
Daniel Ortega Likely to Return to Power in Nicaragua In the 1980's Manuel Ortega was a Sandinista , a Marxist revolutionary who led Nicaragua through a decade of civil war. The US, under Ronald Reagan, chose to side with the so-called "Contra" rebels, and 50,000 people died. Now Ortega seems to be staging a comeback. Although votes in Nicaragua's presidential election are still being counted, Ortega is claiming victory, as his closest rival claims there were voting irregularities.
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.
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.