FROM David Nakamura
Obama Meets with Asian Leaders during Nuclear Summit Fifty-six world leaders are in Washington today for President Obama's final nuclear security summit. One major issue is North Korea's recent provocations. This morning, the President met privately with the President of South Korea and the Prime Minister of Japan. David Nakamura covers the White House for the Washington Post .
Obama Names an "Ebola Czar" After weeks of prodding from Republicans, President Obama announced last night he’ll appoint a so-called “Ebola Czar.” Today, he named Ron Klain, who’s been chief of staff to Vice Presidents Biden and Gore as “Ebola response coordinator.” But the word has been slow to pass down. David Nakamura is reporting the story for the Washington Post.
President Obama Responds to Ferguson, Missouri After five days of protest since police in Ferguson, Missouri killed an unarmed black man, President Obama addressed the issue today. Interrupting his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, he said there will be different accounts of how it occurred. David Nakamura is a White House reporter for the Washington Post.
The Road to Immigration Reform: Rough as Ever When Congress took off for the two-week Easter recess, the so-called "Gang of Eight" Senators had not finished their work on immigration reform. So the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce took up what some called the only remaining issue, a guest-worker program for unskilled immigrants, which scuttled George Bush's effort six years ago. Over the weekend, they announced a deal, leading to agreement from South Carolina Republican Lindsay Graham and New York Democrat Charles Schumer. But another Senate player, Florida Republican Marco Rubio, says the celebration is " premature ." Are elements of the new coalition unhappy? What about border security and the "path to citizenship" for guest workers and the 11 million illegals already here?
Obama on the Fiscal Cliff Campaign Trail Recently elected, President Obama has begun a new campaign, asking Americans to pressure Congress directly to pass his tax plan. "Tell members of Congress what a $2000 tax hike would mean to you. Call your members of Congress; write them an e-mail; post it on their Facebook walls… You can tweet it using #My2k." David Nakamura is following the story for the Washington Post .
President Obama Attacks the Republican Budget President Obama flayed his Republican opposition today as so far right that, "Ronald Reagan could not get through a Republican primary today." He attacked the GOP latest budget proposal as a "recipe for economic decline," and tried to reframe this year's election campaign. David Nakamura is a staff writer at the Washington Post .
Obama Announces New Housing Plan With Republican challengers otherwise engaged, President Obama today offered a new plan for mortgage holders to re-finance. David Nakamura is a staff writer at the Washington Post.
President Asks Congress for Power to Shrink Government President Obama said today it's time that the federal government was run more like a business. He called on Congress to reinstate the authority held by past presidents "to streamline and reform the Executive Branch," as would a private business owner to "make sure that his or her company keeps pace with the times." David Nakamaura is a staff writer at the Washington Post .
President Obama Plans New Proposals for Job Creation The White House is promising big things to come, after the President completes his tour of the Middle West and takes a week of vacation in Martha's Vineyard. Today he was in Atkinson, Illinois. In early September, Mr. Obama will make a major speech with new proposals for issues central to America's future and to his re-election campaign: job creation and taming the federal debt. David Nakamura reports from Washington for the New York Times .
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.
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?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.