FROM Milton Mueller
Heartbleed Bug Reignites Debate over Net Security, Governance Every Internet user has now been warned: change all your passwords. Two thirds of all websites could be vulnerable to a security flaw called Heartbleed. Then again, they might not. Few examples of hackers exploiting Heartbleed have been reported so far. But its discovery has revealed how much online security depends on free software maintained by a few volunteers. There are predictions of global disaster. Can governments create rules of order, or should openness be the rule? Meantime, what’s an Internet-user to do? Since Heartbleed was made public early last week, tens of millions of Android devices are now said to be vulnerable. In Canada, 900 social insurance numbers have been reported stolen. On the British website for parents, called Mumsnet , cyberthieves may have obtained passwords and personal messages before the site was repaired.
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?
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?