FROM Joel Lovell
Inside Stephen Colbert's Preparations for 'The Late Show' In two weeks when he takes over The Late Show on CBS, Stephen Colbert won't be the character that viewers of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central came to know. In the meantime, he's preparing in new and different ways and in so doing has revealed a good deal of what he's like behind the camera. Last month, viewers of a public access program in Monroe, Michigan got a surprise — live, at midnight. The next morning, Colbert met with Joel Lovell, who was writing a profile for the latest edition of GQ magazine . Joel is also an editor for This American Life and The Atavist.
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.
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.
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.
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.