FROM Martin Sieff
Can Blair Apply Lessons of Northern Ireland to the Middle East? Parts of Central London are locked down for a manhunt after a massive car bom b was found unexploded in the heart of the city. Such bombings were a part of life in London during many decades of so-called " Troubles " between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. One of the "outsiders" given credit for helping resolved what long seemed an intractable conflict is Tony Blair , who has just been named by the Quartet as a Special Envoy to the Middle East. Can the lessons of one intractable conflict be applied to the other? Does Blair have the authority to make a difference? Will American Jews play a supporting role the way Irish Americans did? Among our guests is former Senator George Mitchell , another "outsider" who helped shape what's now called the " Road Map " to end violence in the Middle East.
Rice Heads to Mideast Pushing a Hard Line towards Iran Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is about to leave for a high-stakes tour of the Middle East , starting in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. She'll then meet with leaders in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait before winding up in Berlin and London. Martin Sieff of UPI previews the challenge she'll face.
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.
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?