FROM Mike Cherney
Detroit Becomes Biggest Municipal Bankruptcy in US History Detroit , one of America's iconic cities — former capital of the auto industry and soul music's Motown Sound — has been in trouble for 60 years. Now, once America's fourth largest city -- with just 40% of its peak population, a shadow of its former self and $18 billion in debt — it is the biggest American city ever to declare bankruptcy. What will yesterday's action mean for residents, city workers and retirees? What more will it take for Detroit to get a "fresh start?"
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.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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?