FROM Vanessa O'Connell
Small Business and Job Creation While the President and Mitt Romney are in dispute over whose programs will do the most to help "small business" create new jobs, they agree that it's crucial to creating jobs. But is "small business" really the employment engine they claim it is? It's not even clear exactly what "small" really means, and there's evidence that age is more important than size when it comes to job creation. Are the candidates focused on real economics, or are they pandering to the obsolete American myth of "Mom and Pop" setting up shop on "Main Street."
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.