FROM Liz Halloran
Democrats Shift Focus to the General Election John McCain and Barack Obama are the last official candidates in the presidential campaign. They're raising money today and talking about the economy. Hillary Clinton has "suspended" her effort and endorsed Obama , but nobody knows what role she'll play between now and November. We look at the challenges for Obama, a first-term Senator trying to define himself against a veteran of politics and the military. Would it help him if Clinton were on the ticket? Can the "veteran" McCain advocate change and avoid looking like old news?
McCain's Medical Records Released John McCain will be 72 in August, and if voters choose him this coming November, he'll be oldest man ever elected President. McCain, of course, was maltreated when he was a POW in Vietnam. He has survived melanoma three times. Today, he released his most recent eight years' worth of medical records . Liz Halloran, senior writer with US News & World Report, has just spoken with McCain's doctors at the Mayo Clinic.
At Long Last, Former CIA Spy Valerie Plame Testifies Breaking her public silence today, Valerie Plame testified before a House Oversight Committee . The wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who criticized the Bush Administration’s rationale for the war in Iraq, called herself the only covert CIA operative whose identity was disclosed by her "very own government," and said she felt "hit in the gut" on being outted by syndicated columnist Robert Novak. During the trial of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, there was testimony that he and Vice President Cheney had a role in public disclosures of her status. Liz Halloran is Senior Editor for US News and World Report .
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?
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.
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?
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.