FROM Roger Catlin
Sonia Sotomayor and the Perry Mason Connection When Judge Sonia Sotomayor faces the Senate Judiciary Committee, Nancy Drew is unlikely to be on the agenda. But President Obama mentioned her yesterday when he announced his first Supreme Court nomination . What the President didn't say was that Sonia Sotomayor switched her interest — and her ambitions — from Nancy Drew to Perry Mason . Roger Catlin is TV critic for the Hartford Courant .
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.
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?
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?