FROM John Sepulvado
'It hurts to breathe:' Scenes from Ojai as fires rage on For the third day fires are ravaging Southern California, and there’s not much relief in sight. The worst is in Ventura County, where the Thomas Fire has burned around 100,000 acres. It’s spread north to Ojai, where most schools are closed, and evacuation orders are in place.
Free speech on campus: Racism and public safety Last weekend's deadly violence at the University of Virginia is considered a "victory" by strategists for the so-called alt-right. It was no accident that the "Unite the Right" rally was staged on a university campus by white nationalists trying to grow their movement. From the University of Virginia in Charlottesville to UC Berkeley, they're looking for young leaders disillusioned and angry about politics and economics. Colleges and universities are committed to free speech -- whatever the message. So, it's hard to keep speakers off campus — even if there's potential for violence. We look at the strategy of white supremacists and the muted response from leaders of higher education.
Prosecution of wildlife refuge takeover A jury acquitted seven people accused of leading an armed takeover of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge yesterday. Ammon and Ryan Bundy, sons of cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, were among the leaders. The Bundy family has become the face of a national movement that wants the federal government to relinquish control over its western lands.
Resolution to Standoff at Oregon Wildlife Refuge? The armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Oregon is almost over. Three of the last four occupiers surrendered to the FBI today. As we go to air, the fourth, David Fry, is reportedly refusing to leave. John Sepulvado, Weekend Edition Host for Oregon Public Broadcasting , has the latest.
Oregon Standoff Leaders Arrested, One Dead after Shootout It's been almost a month since armed militants occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Oregon, but state and federal officials are cracking down. One man was killed last night during a traffic stop by state highway police. Security around the Refuge has been tightened. John Sepulvado is covering developments for Oregon Public Broadcasting .
Anti-Government Militia Continues Oregon Occupation For three days, armed protesters have been occupying a building on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Oregon. They've set up a roadblock and stationed armed guards in a tower used to spot wildfires on the federal preserve. The local sheriff says he doesn't plan to take action. The FBI is "monitoring" the situation. We hear about what's turning into a crisis for law enforcement from John Sepulvado, who is covering the story for Oregon Public Broadcasting , and Heidi Beirick, intelligence project director at the Southern Poverty Law Center . Ammon Bundy, 2014 Photo by Gage Skidmore
Can the US and Pakistan Mend an Uneasy Alliance President Obama and Pakistan's new Prime Minister met yesterday in hopes of strengthening an alliance complicated by nuclear weapons, terrorism and a lack of mutual trust.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?