Despite Investigation, McConnell Pushes for a Kavanaugh Vote
Speaking on the Senate floor today, Mitch McConnell made it clear that while the FBI investigation may be ongoing, he is ready to move ahead with a vote on Kavanaugh by the end of the week. McConnell’s declaration comes even after President Trump signaled that he is open to a much more comprehensive look — as long as it’s done with “speed.” Meanwhile, there's one thing that some members on both sides of the aisle have agreed on: if Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath, it’s disqualifying. But that raises another question about how “lying” will be defined — and whether the FBI is even investigating that issue. Jim Braude was joined by Martha Coakley, former state Attorney General, and Brian Kelly, former assistant US Attorney.
Addiction & Infants
The opioid battle is being fought on many fronts these days, but one area where it's getting significantly worse is in nurseries. Data gathered from hospitals across the country shows that the number of babies born to opioid-addicted mothers has quadrupled over the last 15 years. Stephanie Leydon reports on how those babies may provide vital clues to better understanding addiction.
The Giver Turns 25 —But Remains Beloved
It’s been 25 years since the Newbury Medal-winning dystopian novel The Giver first came out. It tells the tale of a young boy named Jonas living in a futuristic society that has eliminated all pain, fear, war, and hatred — but also choice, individuality, and the joys that can come from human emotion. The book has been named one of America's 100 best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read. Jim Braude was joined by Lois Lowry to discuss the novel’s enduring resonance with readers young and old.
IMHO: White House Reporters Need to Band Together
Jim Braude gives his thoughts on how the press should handle disrespect.