FROM Rick Jervis
South Soaked by Swollen Mississippi River As the Army Corps of Engineers continues opening the Morganza Spillway, sheriff's deputies are going door to door in low-lying Cajun country, urging residents to seek higher ground. That's according to Rick Jervis, Gulf Coast correspondent for USA Today .
President Obama on the Oil Spill, Tougher Offshore Drilling Policy At the White House today, President Obama conceded widespread frustration, but defended federal government actions since Day One. He said that BP has superior expertise and technology, but that the government must approve everything the company does. He also revised policies on offshore oil drilling and canceled some current operations. We have more on his news conference and a progress report on " Top Kill ."
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?
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.
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?
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.