FROM Shirley Anne Warshaw
Obama Taps William Daley for Chief of Staff President Obama has named his new Chief of Staff. William Daley , brother of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, served as Commerce Secretary for the last three years of the Clinton Administration. He's currently a senior executive with JP Morgan Chase. His appointment is part of what the White House calls an "overhaul" with two years to go until the next election. Shirley Anne Warshaw is Presidential Scholar at Gettysburg College and author The Co-Presidency of Bush and Cheney .
Lame-Duck President Gets His FISA Bill Last week the Democratic majorities in Congress passed--and the president signed --the FISA bill . The biggest revamping of federal surveillance powers in 30 years allows more wiretapping of people overseas and at home, and provides phone companies with immunity from lawsuits for what they did - at the Bush Administration's request- before the law was passed. Barack Obama voted for it, despite earlier promises that he would filibuster if it contained that provision.
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.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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?