FROM Margaret Harrell
From War to Work: Vets, Jobs and the Stigma of the Wounded Warrior Veterans groups and at least one Republican have called the situation “a national disgrace.” President Obama has said it’s a “moral obligation” to find suitable employment for those who have served. Despite being praised as heroes, despite scores of job programs for vets, many men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan can’t find a job once they come home, or end up in lower paying jobs than they had in the military. According to the latest unemployment reports, 9-11 veterans lag behind civilians in job gains. Are potential employers turning vets away because of the stigma of the wounded warrior, or are veterans not getting the right support to help them transition into a tough job market?
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.
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.
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?