FROM Randy Bryce
Does Pacific Free Trade Have a Future? Last week, House Democrats and right-wing Republicans held up fast-track authority for free trade , delaying action on the Trans-Pacific Trade Pact . The President and GOP leaders say the TPP is "absolutely essential" for the US economy. They had hoped for reconsideration this week, but now the issue has been delayed again — until the end of this month. Too many players call it a "bad deal" — even though the details are still secret. We hear why it's so important to both supporters and critics, including multinational companies, organized labor and politicians of both parties. What's at stake if it's finally enacted? What if it loses?
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?
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?
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?