FROM Christine Detz
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Border security and campaign promises President Trump has promised tightened borders and a big beautiful wall. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at two tent-poles of the President's immigration policy: extreme vetting of visa applicants and building the US-Mexico border wall.
Trump's opening offer: Making some of America 'great again?' A massive increase for the Pentagon at the expense of domestic programs. We hear about winners and losers in the President's first proposed budget.
Nationalism's appeal on both sides of the Atlantic Nationalism, Populism, concerns about immigration and outright racism are part of election campaigns from the US to Europe. We hear how today's election in Holland reflects the recent past and may forecast the future.
Aggressive new measures to detain, deport undocumented immigrants Two senior cabinet members are in Mexico today, meeting with officials unhappy about the Trump Administration's plans for deporting undocumented immigrants. Meantime, promised roundups are already beginning and the next step is expedited deportations.
One administration, many foreign policy voices Since World War II, the US has dominated the West, and claimed to champion liberal democracy in the rest of the world. But, in the month since Donald Trump was inaugurated, American foreign policy has changed… or has it? We look for answers.
Trump, immigration orders and the fear of mass deportation As a candidate, Donald Trump promised a "deportation force," and recent roundups are creating high anxiety among millions of immigrants. We'll look at the consequences for human rights, constitutional law, and the need for labor in fields, factories and elsewhere.
Sessions takes the helm at the Justice Department Alabama's Republican Senator Jeff Sessions has been confirmed as Attorney General — one of the most important and powerful jobs in the Trump cabinet. But Sessions' ideological affinity with the new President may give him more influence than just the nation's top law enforcement officer.
US-Iranian relations turn icy once again After the Obama Administration's delicate diplomacy with Iran, Donald Trump says that country's "on notice" and today he implemented economic sanctions. We hear why and assess the risks of escalation between countries some call, "bitter friends and bosom enemies."
Is Trump waging a war on science? Scientists in and outside of government are raising the alarm about the fate of science, data and environmental policy over the next four years. Guest host Barbara Bogaev gets reaction to the administration's early moves, and hears about ways the scientific community is fighting back.
Extreme vetting unleashes global chaos It's been three days since President Trump signed an executive order banning all refugees and restricting travel by immigrants, but the consequences have been fast and far-reaching. Travelers were detained, protests escalated at airports in many US cities, and some top Republicans have criticized the order as too broad. Trump has hit back insisting this is not about religion, just terrorism. Barbara Bogaev guest hosts.
Trump foreign policy takes shape, or does it? Donald Trump's nominees to lead the CIA and the Pentagon have told Senate Committees they'll have no trouble disagreeing with the President Elect when he's in the White House. What will that mean for their chances of confirmation?
Trump's icy relationship with US intelligence Donald Trump has tweeted that only "fools" and "stupid people" don't want closer relations between the US and Russia -- despite intelligence findings. When he gets to the White House, will he make peace with the CIA, the FBI and America's massive network of spies and covert activities?
The state of the nation after Obama One politician's "achievements" are another's "mistakes that urgently need correction." We look at what president Obama will leave behind when his second term ends three weeks from now.
How the gig economy is changing the way we view work The freelance workforce is growing exponentially, with companies like Uber, Lyft, and Etsy driving the trend, as well as corporations increasingly outsourcing work. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at what happens when we all become our own bosses -- especially as we near retirement.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.