FROM Christopher Clarey
Let the Games Begin The opening ceremonies aren't until tomorrow, and the flame has yet to be lit, but the first events of the Sochi Winter Olympics are already under way. American star Shaun White suffered an injury in slope-style snowboarding, but others have qualified. Team ice-dancing is under way for the first time. Yet, as the athletes take center stage, there's still tall about terror threats, the assault on gay rights, unfinished hotel rooms, stray dogs and financial corruption. Did President Obama pass up an opportunity by staying home? Will the Gold Medal for diplomacy go to Russian President Vladimir Putin?
Australian Open a Sauna for Players An upcoming soccer world cup has been moved from summer to winter in order to avoid extreme heat in Qatar. But this month's Australian Tennis Open is proceeding on schedule. The weather's cooled down a bit, but temperatures of 109 degrees have been a threat to tennis players at one of the world's most prestigious tournaments.
Andre Agassi and America's Future in Tennis At 36, Andre Agassi thrilled tennis fans last night with a comeback victory over a 21-year old opponent . But whether he wins or loses his next match, Agassi has declared that his career will end when this year's US Open is over. As one of a long line of athletes who've kept America at the top of the tennis world heads into the sunset, is there anyone to replace him? Does America have a bright future in the world of professional tennis?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?