FROM T.A. Frank
Donald Trump, Jr. and the Russian emails After releasing a chain of e-mails, the President’s son stands accused of participating in Russia’s assault on American democracy. Last night he told Sean Hannity , he "probably would have done things a little differently," but even with "20-20 hindsight" he didn’t do anything wrong. In response to Washington talk about possible crime — even treason — he says no serious information was even exchanged. What’s been revealed about Russia’s subversive activities? How much will it matter to the President’s base of supporters?
California Begins Desegregating a Crowded Prison Population States like Texas and Oklahoma long ago ended racial segregation in their prisons. Now it’s California’s turn, after the Supreme Court ordered change. State prison officials have to bring white, black and Latino inmates together and still prevent rampant violence.
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.
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.