FROM Rich Ellings
Diplomacy and Big Business from Washington State to Washington, DC Seattle is under tight security for the first official visit to the United States by China's President Xi Jinping. Xi arrived today, but he won't get his 21-gun salute at the White House until Friday. His meeting tomorrow with the elite leaders of America's tech industry may be just as important. With the world's biggest Internet market at stake, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and others may need China more than China needs them. Can they demand that China protect their intellectual property rights, or can China make censorship and Cyber-attacks the cost of doing business? And, what's the role of the Obama Administration, which has warned of possible sanctions over theft of trade secrets?
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?
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.