FROM Marc Fisher
The White House Opens a New Front on the Heroin Overdose Epidemic A steep increase in deaths from overdoses of heroin has increased pressure to find alternatives to the so-called War on Drugs. Today, the Obama Administration has announced an innovative initiative. Marc Fisher is part of a team at the Washington Post spending a year studying the heroin epidemic.
Legal Pot in the Nation's Capital Last November, 70% of Washington, DC voters approved recreational marijuana in the nation's capital city. Despite last-minute threats from some members of Congress, the Mayor and the City Council held firm and, yesterday, the will of the voters went into effect. So, although marijuana is still prohibited under federal law, you can now smoke pot in Washington, DC. Marc Fisher, senior editor at the Washington Post , has more on this victory for home rule in the nation's capital.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.