FROM Tim Quinn
Who Benefits from Sacramento’s Water Compromise? Proposition 1 on the November ballot is a compromise between Democrats, Republicans and Governor Brown: It’s a water bond for $7.5 billion — replacing an $11 billion measure that appeared too expensive to pass. Even supporters of the compromise admit it won’t help Californians cope with the current drought or prevent rationing during the next one. Much of it goes for two new dams that won’t be completed for at least a decade. But Tim Quinn calls it “the right size and the right time.” He’s Executive Director of the Association of California Water Agencies — 440 different organizations that deliver 90% of the state’s water.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
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?