FROM Parul Desai
What Does AT&T / T-Mobile Merger Mean for Your Cell Service? AT&T has purchased T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG for $39 billion. It if gets regulatory approval, the merger will create the biggest wireless carrier left in the US. The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile will have 130 million customers in the US, a third more than Verizon and more than twice as many as Sprint Nextel, the only two others left. Parul Desai, policy counsel for Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports , considers the consequences for consumers.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.