FROM Gary Richards
Paying for Roads in the Future We've heard how cars are evolving into mobile communications devices. They still need roads to drive on, at a time when highway conditions are worse than ever and money for repair and construction is running short on the local, state and federal levels. California voters may soon face the option of doubling the car tax, chopped in half by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Hands on the Wheel – Cell Phone Law Takes Effect Tomorrow Driving while talking with a phone to your ear is a crime in California starting tomorrow. It’ll cost 20 bucks for the first offense but no points against your driving record. On the other hand, it’s legal to hold a phone while you’re dialing or sending a text message. The big question is, will the roads be safer?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.
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?
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.