FROM John Felmy
In the Atlantic Ocean, Is It Both Oil and Wind? Five years after the Gulf oil spill, the Obama Administration has opened up thousands of offshore acres from Virginia to Georgia for oil and gas drilling. It's also made the ocean available for wind farms far out at sea, abiding by the energy strategy the President calls "all of the above." State Governors pushed for oil and gas drilling to create jobs. But environmentalists say wind would create twice the energy and twice the employment -- without the pollution or the greenhouse emissions.
Does the Oil Spill Buck Stop with Us? It could be months before BP can stop the gusher of oil. Beaches, marshes and wildlife are threatened in the Gulf of Mexico, along with traditional lifestyles. But what about the lifestyles of all Americans? Could the spill be a wake-up call? Does this country's unceasing demand for oil have unacceptable consequences? If the benefits of the oil economy are not worth the cost, is it time to get serious about the kind of sacrifices that lead to real conservation? Is that a formula for going back to the 19th Century?
Bush's New Way Forward in Iraq; Chavez's Venezuela One of the promises of the President Bush's New Way Forward in Iraq is deployment of "provincial reconstruction teams" to work with local leaders. Echoing the President's plan at yesterday's news conference with the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff , Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice affirmed that success will depend on the US getting civilians out of the embassy and green zone and into the field to support local leaders and structures. We hear how America's original occupying force walled itself off from the Iraqi people. Is there still time for a change or is the new plan too little too late? Also, today, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he'll nationalize communications, electricity and oil companies and turn his country into a socialist state. Should the US be worried? Has the war on terror diverted the Bush administration from America's interests in Latin America?
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.
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?
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?
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.