Trump Declares Opioid Crisis A National Health Emergency, Budget Plan Sets Stage For Tax Cuts

Trump Declares Opioid Crisis A National Health Emergency

President Trump calls the deadly opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. Speaking at the White House today, Trump called it the worst drug problem in world history. He said addiction to painkillers is ripping apart communities and families across the U.S. Opioid abuse killed an estimated 64-thousand Americans last year.

Ryan Cheers Passage Of Budget Plan, Sets Stage For Tax Cuts

GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan is looking forward to tax cuts after a budget plan narrowly passed the House. In a Capitol briefing today, Ryan said tax reform will help struggling families. He said the Republican tax bill will slash taxes for the middle class. Democrats claim that Republican tax cuts are intended to boost the nation’s wealthiest people.

Park Service Denies Permit For Naked Statue

It turns out a larger-than-life statue of a naked woman isn’t coming to the National Mall, after all. The National Park Service denied the permit for the “R-Evolution” statue yesterday. Officials cite that the statue is a few feet over the height restriction, and they’re concerned the object would damage the grass. The 45-foot-tall artwork would have been the centerpiece next month’s “Catharsis on the Mall,” an annual counterculture festival in the nation’s capital.

Intel Officials Say Don’t Expect JFK Files Today

It looks like the thousands of secret documents about the assassination of John F. Kennedy probably won’t be released today. As of noon eastern time, the National Archives hadn’t said a word about when the files would appear online. U.S. intelligence officials tell NBC News that a memo from the CIA, requesting that President Trump keep certain portions of the files classified, hasn’t even made it to the White House. They don’t think the files will drop today, but one official said, “There’s a mad scramble going on in the executive branch to get this done.”

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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