FROM Les Carpenter
Millions of Tax Payers Dollars Spent on Pro-Sports Patriotism Elaborate celebrations of America’s military are common at professional sports events. It turns out that the leagues are being paid by the Pentagon -- with your money. Arizona’s Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake are staunch conservatives. McCain was a POW during the war in Vietnam. But he and Flake have released a report harshly critical of the Pentagon’s spending of taxpayer money to pay for patriotism. We hear more from Les Carpenter, who writes about sports for the Guardian US .
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.