FROM Kenneth Baer
The Candidates and the 'Vision Thing' The stock markets are down again, with the Dow Jones Industrial average falling below 10,000 for the first time in four years. With exactly a month to go before the election, the John McCain and Barack Obama campaigns are close in the polls and increasingly negative. Amid increasing concern about the economy, the two candidates are scheduled to face off again tomorrow night with undecided voters asking the questions. We look for "the vision thing." Do the candidates have any big ideas for the 21st Century? Does either want to leave a stamp like Roosevelt's New Deal , the Reagan Revolution or Clinton's New Democrat centrism? How does each see the role of government? Would the economy allow either one to fulfill his promises?
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?
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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?