FROM Liz Mair
Steve Bannon may be out, but 'Bannon-ism' lives on After being ousted as presidential adviser , Steve Bannon is back in charge at Breitbart News and in no mood to lay down what he calls his weapons. Bannon's influence on president Trump is up for debate, but not his intention to pursue the goals of economic and social nationalism that helped propel Trump to the White House. With powerful financial backers still ready to support his divisive world-view, what will Bannon - and his team at Breitbart - do next? Is his bond with the president truly broken or has it just taken a different form?
People of America: Get ready for change As he takes the most powerful job in the world, it's no secret that Donald Trump has no experience of his own in public office. The President-Elect made history again today at the White House, where he met with the incumbent President in the Oval Office. Politically, there's no love lost between Donald Trump and Barack Obama, and the promises of a "peaceful transition" may be hard to maintain. Their differences can't be exaggerated — from domestic policy to foreign affairs — and Trump has promised to obliterate the legacy of Obama. Already there are anti-Trump demonstrations around the country. Will Obama be able to hold down the drama as Trump finally reveals his plans?
Bernanke Bucks; Primaries-Midterms-GOP; Mehlman Comes Out Fed Chief Ben Bernanke says he hasn't ruled out buying up more bad paper to prop up the economy. What do the primaries portend about the mid-term elections ahead? Finally, is it a big deal that former RNC chair Ken Mehlman has come out as gay and will fight for gay marriage?
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.
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?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.