FROM Art Torres
Sudden Halt in Federal Money for Stem Cell Research The Obama Administration has allowed the use of federal money for stem cell research, as long as the work does not involve destruction of human embryos to obtain the cells. Yesterday, a federal judge in Washington said such research is not segmented but a continuing process and ruled that the Obama guidelines violated the intent of Congress. California voters approved $3 billion for stem cell research, which is now controlled by the Institute of Regenerative Medicine . Art Torres is former head of the state Democratic Party and vice chair of the Institute.
Picking Up the Pieces of Super Tuesday Despite the support of Governor Schwarzenegger, Prop 93 failed in yesterday’s election. It was a legislative term-limits measure that would have saved current leaders from being termed out at the end of this year. Now Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata—both Democrats—are lame ducks. Today, the Governor told the Sacramento Bee’s Editorial Board, “I really wanted some of those guys to stay.”
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.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.