FROM David Welch
Tobacco Rivals in Talks to Merge America’s tobacco industry may be re-shaped by a merger of Reynolds-American and Lorillard, this country’s second- and third-largest makers of cigarettes. It’s all about a decline in the US market for traditional cigarettes, and the expected growth of e-cigarettes as a replacement. David Welch reports for Bloomberg News.
Snack Lovers Prepare: Kraft Is Becoming Mondelez Kraft Foods, Incorporated sells $31 billion worth of snack foods around the world. After testing with focus groups in 28 languages, the maker of macaroni and cheese, Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, Kraft has adopted a new name. When Bell Atlantic merged with GTE, brand-namers combined the Latin word "veritas" with the English "horizon" to come up with the now-familiar "Verizon." " Mondelez " is also a composite, invented to evoke the idea that Kraft Foods products are part of a "delicious world."
Ahead of IPO, GM Posts Largest Quarterly Profit in 11 Years After bankruptcy and a federal bailout, General Motors has made its largest quarterly profit in 11 years. What's good for General Motors may be good politically for Barack Obama. David Welch writes for Bloomberg BusinessWeek .
General Motors on a Collision Course with Bankruptcy General Motors is closer than ever to bankruptcy. It needed 90% of its investors to exchange debt for shares in the company in order to qualify for fed money. GM announced today that it had failed to meet that threshold. David Welch is Detroit Bureau Chief for BusinessWeek magazine.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.
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.
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?