FROM Fabian Nunez
Bipartisanship in Sacramento in an Election Year? California has a Republican Governor and Democrats controlling both the Assembly and Senate . For the last two years, that's meant a sort of continuing gridlock, but this year is different. The state budget was passed before the new fiscal year, which hasn't happened since 2000. A massive public works program was approved for November's ballot--on a bipartisan basis. In the next four weeks, it appears at least possible that the legislature will pass--and the Governor will sign--proposals on global warming, the minimum wage and lowering the prices of prescription drugs. So what about Schwarzenegger 's opponent in this year's re-election campaign. If bipartisanship is the rule in Sacramento, can Phil Angelides get a foothold? We hear from a major player and some political pros.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.