FROM Kathleen Francovik
The Sudden Impact of Mike Huckabee Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is an ordained Baptist minister who still delivers sermons full of Old Testament stories and New Testament fire. The Baptist preacher tells reporters he wants the Rolling Stones for his inaugural ball. He also wants to abolish Social Security , Medicare and the IRS . Huckabee has spent $400,000 in Iowa; Mitt Romney has spent $7 million. Despite his shoestring campaign against millionaires and household names, he's now leading among Republican presidential candidates—in Iowa and in national polls . Huckabee says it's divine intervention. Others suggest that Republicans aren't satisfied with their other options. Is it for real or is Huckabee just the latest front-runner in a party that hasn't made up its mind?
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.
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.
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?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.