FROM Kelsey Snell
Budget Deal Reached, but Will GOP Go Along? For the first time in five years, Congress may be able to pass a budget. Republican and Democratic leaders made a deal late last night after lengthy negotiations behind closed doors. Calling the bipartisan agreement " a solid agreement ," outgoing House Speaker John Boehner said he saw no reason why any member should vote against it. Kelsey Snell is a reporter for the Washington Post .
The Highway Trust Fund Encounters Congestion in Congress America's transportation system is falling apart. More than half of all roads, highways and bridges are "obsolete" or "at high risk for catastrophe." The American Society for Civil Engineers says the cost of repair will be $3.6 trillion — if money's available over the next five years. But the Highway Trust Fund will run out on Friday, with Congress leaving for summer vacation. In both the House and the Senate, long -term funding has been caught up in short-term politics. We look at the consequences of falling behind — compared to what's possible for "the world's most advanced nation."
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.
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.