FROM Dennis Feltgen
Emergency Preparations Ramp Up as the Northeast Waits for Irene Even before Hurricane Irene hit the Carolinas, evacuations were underway as far north as New York and New Jersey. President Obama said federal agencies are preparing with states and cities for a "historic" storm that could be "extremely dangerous and costly." As many as 55 million people live in areas threatened with power outages, high winds and flooding where heavy rains already have saturated the ground. Major airports are in the path of the storm, rail lines could be under water and highways are closed — with potential impact on transportation nationwide. We hear what's being done to prepare for the worst and the possible aftermath.
Watching Hurricane Irene The first major hurricane of the season is bearing down on the US. Emergency officials say that Hurricane Irene may be the first to make landfall here since Hurricane Ike hit Texas in 2008. Dennis Feltgen is a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.
Mexico Braces for Dean, First Major Storm of the Season Dean is the first big hurricane of the season. It has battered Jamaica, and is moving toward Mexico. Texas Governor Jim Perry says he’s not taking any chances. He's called in skilled rescue teams and state military forces to help those who cannot evacuate on their own. Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen is a public affairs officer for the National Hurricane Center .
Ice Storms in Texas, Snow in Malibu, and T-Shirts in Central Park Winter was weeks late in New England this year and Southern California had an unseasonable heat wave until the first of this week. Yesterday, snow fell on Malibu. Texas and Oklahoma are among the nine states where ice has closed roads and cancelled air travel in places where that doesn't usually happen. What's going on with the weather? Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen is at the national office of the National Weather Service .
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.