FROM Robert Wilonsky
Details of the Dallas Sniper Attack Five police officers dead in Dallas – and seven others wounded, along with two civilians – after a grisly sniper attack made chaos of a peaceful march to protest police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. One suspect is dead, killed by the police with a robot bomb after a tense hours-long standoff.
Where Syrian Jihadists Get Their Trucks A plumber in Texas has filed suit over a picture falsely linking him to jihadists in Syria. A year ago, the final episode of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report showed a picture of a Ford pickup truck with an anti-aircraft gun in the back -- and the logo of a plumber in Texas City, Texas on the passenger-side door. The plumber, Mark Oberholtzer, was deluged with hate mail and threating phone calls because the truck was being driven by jihadists in the Syrian Civil War. Now Oberholtzer has sued for a million dollars.
Picking Up the Pieces in West, Texas after Fertilizer Plant Explosion In the town of West, near Waco, Texas, a fertilizer plant exploded last night with enough force to register on earthquake monitors. Between five and 15 people were killed, more than 160 have been hospitalized with injuries, and the search for more victims continues. Speaking of the "nightmare scenario," Texas Governor Rick Perry called their emergency management team "the best…in the country," adding that "they certainly were at their best last night — along with the citizens." Robert Wolilnsky is digital managing editor at the Dallas Morning News .
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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?
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.
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.