FROM Scot Lehigh
Massachusetts Changes the Game Last night, Republican Scott Brown was triumphant after his upset election to the US Senate seat held by the late Democrat Ted Kennedy for 47 years. At this morning’s news conference, Scott Brown said the President had called with congratulations and that they hit it off. We look at the aftermath of an upset that has transformed the political environment in an election year.
Massachusetts Changes the Game Last night, Republican Scott Brown was triumphant after his upset election to the US Senate seat held by the late Democrat Ted Kennedy for 47 years, humiliating the Democrats just one year after Barack Obama's inauguration. But the Massachusetts Republican has not attacked the President himself, and today Brown promised bipartisanship when he gets to Washington. What does his victory mean for healthcare reform and the rest of the presidential agenda? And what are the lessons for Democrats nationwide? We look at the aftermath of an upset that has transformed the political environment in an election year.
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?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.