FROM Harvey Morris
UN Debates No-Fly Zone as Gadhafi Beats Down Rebels The Obama Administration has done an about-face on support for rebels in Libya. Tonight at the UN, it was expected that the Security Council would approve a resolution calling on the international community to stop Moammar Gadhafi from seizing Benghazi, the rebel stronghold, by force.
UN Debates No-Fly Zone as Gadhafi Beats Down Rebels As Colonel Moammar Gadhafi's forces get closer to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, the US is now backing international intervention, but the UN Security Council has yet to agree. We hear from reporters travelling in northern Japan and from Libya, as well as different opinions about the wisdom of intervention.
Obama Makes His Fourth Trip to the Gulf since Oil Spill President Obama is back on the Gulf Coast today for the fourth time since the oil spill, and he’ll address the nation about it tomorrow night. Meantime, the pressure continues on BP . Harvey Morris is in Houston for the Financial Times .
President Obama at the UN President Obama told the UN today that "misperceptions" have led to what he called "an almost reflexive anti-Americanism," which he said, "too often has served as an excuse for…collective inaction." He said all nations must take "responsibility for a global response to global challenges…"
Obama Formally Addresses the 64th UN General Assembly In New York today the United Nations opened another session , and more than 120 national leaders heard President Obama's first address to the General Assembly. Obama told the UN that "misperceptions" have led to "an almost reflexive anti-Americanism," which he said, "too often has served as an excuse for…collective inaction." He said all nations must take "responsibility for a global response to global challenges." The President described his differences from the Bush Administration, and laid out "four pillars" of foreign policy. The leaders of Russia and China will also take center-stage, and crowds outside will protest Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. We hear what Obama said about Iran and North Korea, Middle East peace, and the responsibilities of all nations. We also hear how they're responding.
Pakistan's President Visits the UN An unmanned American drone has crashed in Pakistan, where anger rages over this weekend's terrorist bombing and the Army is battling militants. This weekend's massive explosion that killed 53 people at Islamabad's Marriott Hotel has increased fears of terrorism. President Asif Ali Zardari is known to believe that US intervention is making things worse. Yesterday, he met with President Bush in New York. We hear from the UN and from Islamabad.
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.
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.
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.
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?