FROM Jacob Sullum
Is There a Bipartisan Ceasefire in the War on Drugs? International statesmen and some law enforcement officials have long declared that the "War on Drugs" is a failure. American politics appear to be catching up. Last week, after President Obama told the New Yorker magazine that pot was no worse than alcohol, there was an almost deafening silence from Republican critics. In fact, GOP Governors Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry are talking up medical use and decriminalization, as even red states get on the bandwagon. Polls show more than half of Americans favor outright legalization, although even some long-time critics of the war on drugs warn that's going too far, and the Obama Administration is speaking with more than once voice. We look at the fast-changing, increasingly complicated politics of marijuana.
Will the Newtown Massacre Be a Game Changer? At a vigil last night in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama put last Friday's massacre of first-graders in the context of a year when multiple killings have become all too familiar. The latest of this year's multiple shootings killed six adults and 20 first-graders, none of them older than seven. Some call this the moment for action. Others warn about unintended consequences. With 300 million guns in circulation, what are the options?
Will the Newtown Massacre Be a Game Changer? As the funerals of 20 murdered first-graders are under way, calls are increasing for President Obama's "leadership" on gun control. After past multiple killings, he's called for a "conversation" but, despite shrill claims from pro-the gun lobby, never for concrete action. An unspeakable tragedy is the moment gun-control advocates have been waiting for, while others warn against "politicizing" a tragedy. We look at the options.
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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.