FROM Pedro Cisneros
Pet Food-Related Deaths Higher than Reported by FDA Two years ago, 75 dogs died from liver failure due to a fungus found on Diamond Pet Foods. Last week, the Food and drug Administration said 14 dogs and cats have died of kidney failure due to the rat poison in foods supplied by Menu Foods of Ontario, Canada. Menu Foods says 16 have died. Meantime, 60 million pet-food containers have now been recalled--with 95 different labels. While the FDA has confirmed 14 deaths, a network of veterinarians says today there have been more than 100. Are expensive pet foods any different than cheap ones? How much do federal, state and local governments regulate a $16 billion industry? We hear from a network of 30,000 veterinarians.
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.
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.