FROM Sarah Lyall
British Phone Hacking Scandal Leads to Arrests David Cameron today addressed continuing revelations about the relationships between British police, politicians and the media, putting an end to the decades-old practice of Labour and Conservatives Parties "courting the support of the press." An hour after the Prime Minister spoke, one of his own former aides was arrested in connection with the scandal over News of the World, the paper Rupert Murdoch is closing down. Andy Coulson was editor of the paper during a disturbing episode of cell phone hacking. Watching all of this is Sarah Lyall, London correspondent for the New York Times .
A Royal Wedding in an Age of Austerity With two billion people watching around the world, Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today. Among very few surprises were two kisses instead of one a white dress on the bride's sister and the Prime Minister's wife attending without a hat. Some British leftists are refusing to celebrate the marriage of the future King and Queen Consort. There's even a button with the image of a small crown and the slogan, "Stuff the wedding, fight the cuts." What's the attraction of an event with only symbolic importance? With record austerity measures just setting in, was it worth some $80 million? We hear from supporters and skeptics about the British monarchy and the echoes of empire in the modern world.
Britain's Royal Family Announces Engagement of Prince William Kate Middleton today wore the same sapphire and diamond ring that Prince Charles gave to the late Princess Diana, only this time it came from Charles and Diana's son. Middleton's been called "Waity Katy" by British royal-watchers during her long romance with Prince William, the heir to the British throne. Now they're officially engaged , even as William's friends make cracks about the common origins of the bride-to-be. Sarah Lyall reports from London for the New York Times .
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.