FROM Justin Pritchard
Tentative Agreement Reached in Port Dispute Twenty-nine West Coast ports are fully open again. The maritime industry reached an agreement with union negotiators Friday after nine months of stalemate. But 13,000 rank and file members won't vote on ratification until April — and the companies haven't formally accepted the new contract, either. Continued uncertainty won't help the ports get back to business, according to Justin Pritchard of the Associated Press .
The West Coast Ports and the US Economy The President has sent Labor Secretary Tom Perez to San Francisco to try to bring longshore workers and West Coast shippers together after nine months of working without a contract. The shippers claim workers have slowed things down — so they shut 29 ports for three days to avoid paying holiday premiums.
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.
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.