FROM Gabriele Marcotti
FIFA Bans Blatter and Platini Two of world soccer's most powerful figures, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, were barred from the sport today for the next eight years. Responding to the ban by the independent ethics committee of FIFA, Blatter questioned the suspension but vowed to fight – both for himself and for FIFA. Gabriele Marcotti, senior writer for ESPN , joins us from London.
International Sports and Human Rights In the blazing desert of Qatar, 1000 workers from India and Nepal have died while building infrastructure for the World Cup to be held in 2022. FIFA, which stages the World Cup, is being called to account by human rights groups still angry at the International Olympic Committee over denial of gay rights by Russia. Should host countries be required to raise their standards before it's decided where world-class events will be held? We hear about an increasingly heated controversy in international sports.
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.
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.
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?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.