FROM Scott Reid
Rising Drug Use on California's Horse Racing Tracks? Woth $4.1 billion a year, California is the biggest horse-racing state in the nation, but it's falling behind on enforcement of rules against the drugging of horses. In the past six years, more than a quarter-billion dollars have been bet on winners who failed drug texts after their races were over, creating "a climate for drug abuse that is unmatched in any other major sport." That's according to a lengthy investigation by the Orange County Register . Are horse owners preventing a crack down? Is the series a hatchet job?
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?
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.