FROM Ellen Knickmeyer
Revolution and Women's Rights in the Arab World Arab women have been a big factor in the Arab spring, as one Egyptian put it to the Economist magazine, " throwing stones, moving dead bodies ." But, even where repressive regimes have been overthrown, the outcome may not be an increase in women's rights, partly because of the rising influence of conservative Islam. In Tunisia, it's not a matter of winning new rights but maintaining old ones. In Egypt, women in politics are associated with the hated Mubarak regime. In Libya, one victorious rebel leader promises to reinstate polygamy. We look at different prospects in different countries in a region of remarkable diversity.
History in the Making on the Streets of Egypt In Egypt tonight, tens of thousands of protesters defied both tear gas and an official curfew imposed in Alexandria, Suez, Cairo and other parts of the country. In Cairo and Alexandria, the Army was deployed and embraced by demonstrators after brutal violence by the riot police. The government has shut down most lines of communication with the rest of the world. Well into the evening, President Hosni Mubarak, the Army's Commander in Chief, had yet to be heard from. There were reports that his family had left the country. Can his 30-year-old administration survive tonight's unprecedented uprising? What about the rest of the Middle East? What does the Obama Administration have to say?
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 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.