FROM Kelly O'Neill
After Crimea, What's Putin's Next Move? The US and the European Union have imposed economic sanctions against individual Russian and Ukrainian leaders after yesterday's referendum in Crimea. As if to demonstrate calm and confidence, Vladimir Putin stayed in Sochi for last night's closing ceremonies of the Paralympic Games , where Russian athletes won 80 medals with Ukrainians next with just 25. Elsewhere in Crimea, there was widespread jubilation over yesterday's vote on leaving Ukraine to re-join Russia. But the world is waiting for his next move. Annexing Crimea would be no easy task. Has he gone too far to turn back? Will the West up the ante at great cost to Europe's economy? We look at the options available to both sides and the potential consequences.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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?