FROM Ron Buckmire
Proposition 8 and the Black Community Barack Obama 's expected to produce a record turnout of African American voters in California, and that could have an impact beyond the presidential election. Also on the state ballot is Proposition 8 , which would overturn the State Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. Prop 8 supporters say Obama's big turn-out will favor a yes vote, because blacks are opposed to same-sex marriage. But they're also supporters of civil rights. Obama himself is opposed to same sex marriage, but he's also against Prop 8, which he calls divisive and discriminatory. We hear several voices on what's being called the "Obama Effect."
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.
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.
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?