FROM John Wetzel
Mass Incarceration: Is a Solution in Sight? The US has so many inmates in prison it’s been called “the incarceration nation.” It has more inmates than any other country, including China, which has 4 times the population. Now, in addition to other reforms, many states are reducing the tough sentences established during the War on Drugs, and the US Sentencing Commission is unanimous in recommending that terms be reduced for almost half the inmates in federal prisons.
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?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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.