FROM Mark Bauerlein
A new president. What comes next? For the 45th time, America has accomplished a peaceful transition of power-- leaving the country with a sense of uncertainty about the future. President Donald Trump's inaugural address repeated familiar themes from his campaign for office. The President painted a dark picture of the nation's current condition, and promised to disempower the Washington elite — but he was short on specifics. Did he reassure the majority of Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton?
Why Halloween at college is so frightening Halloween costumes have scared college administrators into taking action. Are they over-looking other dangers that require moral guidance? Last year, Yale University lost faculty members in a dispute about offensive Halloween costumes. This year, the University of Florida is offering round-the-clock counseling; Tufts is promising “disciplinary action;” and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has installed: S.C.R.E.A.M.— the “Simple Costume Racism Evaluation and Assessment Meter.” Mark Bauerline is a professor at Emory University in Atlanta. His op-ed column on the subject appeared recently in the New York Times .
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.
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.
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.