FROM Deborah Wince Smith
President Bush's American Competitiveness Initiative After the Soviet Union fired the first satellite into orbit, a crash program led the US to revolutionize science and technology. Now, China, India--even South Korea and Singapore--are putting the US to shame when it comes to high skills and innovation. They're turning out PhD's in science and engineering, pushing unfettered inquiry where the US once was unrivaled. On this archived edition of To the Point, President Bush says his Competitiveness Initiative will restore American leadership, but will cuts in basic education still put the country in economic jeopardy?
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.
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?
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.
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?