Photo: Simone Biles during the balance beam in the women's gymnastics US Olympic team trials at SAP Center. (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)
FROM THIS EPISODE
The US has launched airstrikes at a stronghold of the Islamic State in Libya. It's a significant expansion of America's campaign against ISIS. The Pentagon says Libya's "unity government" requested the action. Gordon Lubold, who reports on the Pentagon for the Wall Street Journal, has details.
Just four days before South America's first Summer Olympic Games, there's still widespread fear that Rio is unprepared to stage a global spectacle. There's a crime spree, corruption and shoddy construction of major venues. Water contamination is a threat to the health of swimmers and sailors. And the Russian doping scandal has cast doubt on the integrity of world-class athletics. We hear what all this means for the quality of the competition, the size of the crowds and rules for staging Olympiads of the future.
Matthew Futterman, Wall Street Journal (@MattFutterman)
David Wallechinsky, International Society of Olympics Historians (@westwood1sports)
Will Carless, PRI / Global Post (@willcarless)
Jeffrey Ruffolo, Ruffolo Communications (@Ruffolopr)
Carless on seven bad omens for the Rio Olympics
Wallechinsky's 'The Complete Book of the Olympics'
Futterman on why Russia makes the Olympics better
Futterman's 'The Story of Sports and Money, and the Visionaries Who Fought to Create a Revolution'
During last week's Democratic convention, the parents of fallen American soldier Humayun Khan appeared in response to Donald Trump's continuing criticism of Muslim Americans. Much of the audience in the arena and on TV found it moving, but Trump did not. First he tweeted, then repeated his comments about Khan's mother on ABC's This Week program. Trump then acknowledged that Humayun Khan "was a hero," but insisted that his father, Khizr Khan, "viciously attacked" the presidential candidate before millions of people and that the real issue is "Radical Islamic Terror." Glenn Thrush, chief political correspondent for Politico, says the attack has led to more GOP acrimony.
More From To the Point
Trump’s war on the FBI Donald Trump claims rogue FBI agents are part of a Deep State he accuses of “spying” on his presidential campaign. A former agent tells Warren the “the FBI doesn’t spy… it catches spies.” Shades of Watergate? Richard Nixon’s former White House lawyer, John Dean, says, “no way.”
Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
LATEST BLOG POSTS
The most competitive races and measures on the Santa Barbara and Ventura primary ballot It’s primary season! Voter materials have already arrived for those with vote-by-mail ballots, and election day is quickly approaching on Tuesday, June 5. Santa Barbara June primaries Here’s a look at… Read More
Calif. Governor’s race: Antonio Villaraigosa interview You may remember him as the two-term mayor of Los Angeles, but Antonio Villaraigosa has his eyes set on higher office. He’s one of the top Democratic contenders in the race to… Read More
A U.S. immigration judge speaks out about her fears that the rule of law is under assault An arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, America’s system of immigration courts handles the civil cases of undocumented immigrants seeking to remain in the United States. Immigration judges must… Read More