FROM Jon Healey
Airbnb and the 'Sharing Economy' One consequence of Internet technology is what's called the "shared economy." One example is called Airbnb , a service based in San Francisco that connects people who want to rent rooms with people looking for places to stay. The Neighborhood Council in LA's Silver Lake District says it's time to stop.
LA to Vote on Measure L: Who Hates Libraries? All Los Angeles City Libraries are now closed two days a week. It's the first time in 140 years that not even one library is open everyday. The Mayor and City Council have the authority to give them more money, but they're asking voters to do it — without raising taxes. LA Police Chief Charlie Beck supports Measure L , but the Police Protective League is opposed because it might mean less for the LAPD. Local newspapers, the League of Women Voters and the Chamber of Commerce are also opposing Measure L. But some budget hawks are all for it. We hear from both sides.
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.
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?
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.