FROM Kirk Semple
Defense Secretary Robert Gates Is in Baghdad The death toll has risen to at least 180 after yesterday’s suicide bombing in Baghdad, the worst attack since February, when US and Iraqi forces began their security crackdown. Today, Defense Secretary Robert Gates made a surprise visit with a message for Iraqi leaders. Kirk Semple is in Baghdad for the New York Times .
Iraqi Troops Regain Control of Amarah after Mahdi-Army Takeover The southern Iraqi city of Amarah was taken over by the Mahdi Army today. Fifteen people were killed and 90 were wounded before the militia group handed control back to Iraqi soldiers. British forces are said to be standing by.
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.
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.
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?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.