FROM J. Anthony Holmes
Bush's African Legacy Coming to a movie theater near you: a two-and-a-half minute trailer, narrated by President Bush, showcasing his anti-AIDS programs in Africa. This week, the President is visiting that continent to help give a positive spin to his legacy. He's touring five countries where his anti-AIDS and malaria programs have taken hold. Even his US critics concede he's made a big difference for millions of people, and he's been warmly received in Benin, Tanzania and Rwanda. What are the trade-offs? Do abstinence-only programs do more harm than good? What about poverty and the shortage of food? Do the countries he's not visiting need more help than the five where he's touching down?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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.
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.