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."
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.