FROM Michael Blood
Diablo Canyon: Former Inspector Says It’s Time to Shut It Down SoCal Edison has shut down San Onofre in Orange County, leaving California with just one remaining nuclear power plant: Diablo Canyon, on the rugged coast near San Luis Obispo. After an earthquake fault was discovered during construction 30 years ago, retro-fitting got underway on two giant reactors. But it had to be started over again because it was being done backwards. Environmentalists aren’t the only ones who have questioned Diablo Canyon’s ability to withstand a big earthquake ever since. Now Michael Peck, the lead on-site inspector for five years, has filed a confidential report saying nobody knows if it’s safe or not. Michael Blood of the Associated Press obtained the report and broke the story.
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.
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.