FROM David Nakamura
What are the White House's gun policy proposals, and where does Education Secretary DeVos stand? The White House on Sunday rolled out gun policy proposals, including giving teachers “rigorous firearms training,” tightening background checks, and banning bump stocks, among other things. But there’s no raising the minimum age to buy a gun, which Trump previously said he supported. We also look at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ stance on gun policy, and what she’s done in her term.
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 .
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 .
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.