FROM David Von Drehle
How Steve Bannon shapes policy here and abroad White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is behind many of Donald Trump’s policies, including the recent travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries. Bannon’s views on religion, global politics and the economy are not exactly mainstream.
Kansas Race Now One of the Hottest Contests in the Midterms Democrats are struggling to hold their majority in the US Senate after the November elections. Now they’re looking for help in the most unlikely of places—the very red state of Kansas. The last time Kansas sent a Democrat to the US Senate, Babe Ruth was playing for the Yankees. This year, the Democratic candidate has withdrawn. But the state’s top election official—who’s a conservative Republican—is insisting that a Democrat must appear on the ballot. David Von Drehle is editor at large for TIME magazine. He joins us from Shawnee Mission, a suburb of Kansas City.
The Financial Crisis and the Presidential Campaign With Washington Mutual the latest Wall Street domino to fall, Democrats blame John McCain for urging House Republicans to hold up the taxpayer bailout. President Bush says it just has to happen , but it's unclear if McCain wants to kill the highly unpopular measure or broker a compromise. Meantime, McCain has left Washington for Mississippi, where Barack Obama will meet him to debate foreign policy. We update the financial crisis and the political drama.
Carbon Tax Bill Would Charge McMansions for Global Warming For several years the battle to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases has focused on the automobile. Hummers became public enemies and the Prius was suddenly chic. Now, Washington has found a new villain in the fight against global warming—American homes. John Dingell of Michigan and other key members of Congress are considering painful measures, including eliminating the cherished mortgage deduction for wasteful McMansions. It's a sign that the global warming fight is now more about ways and means than science. Is it a political ploy or are McMansions going to go the way of the gas guzzler? Jim Sterngold guest hosts.
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 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?
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.
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.