FROM Paul Levinson
Standoff between Striking Hollywood Writers and the Studios With the Hollywood screenwriters' strike heading into its third month and a possible actors strike looming in 2008, is Hollywood headed for a complete shutdown of production? Can the studios let that happen? What is the writers strike about? Will the studios' hard line against the writers provoke or suppress strikes by directors and actors? Why do studios that lavish millions on stars insist that they can't afford to pay writers a few more pennies for the sale of a DVD?
Was This Strike Necessary? The Writers Guild claims it withdrew its proposal on DVD residuals yesterday, but claims the Alliance of film and TV producers still made unfair demands. After the walk-out began in New York this morning, the Alliance says it tried to “stop the clock” to resume negotiations but claims that the writers refused. Photo By: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
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.
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?