FROM Matt Mayer
Superstorm Sandy and FEMA Superstorm Sandy has FEMA back in the headlines, with potential consequences for the Presidential campaign. What does FEMA really do? What are the benefits and risks for the Obama campaign ? Is Mitt Romney being pushed under the bus by the Republican Governor of devastated New Jersey?
Superstorm Sandy and FEMA After major disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency becomes a household word. It gave George W. Bush a black eye after Katrina. Now President Obama is deploying FEMA with less than a week until Election Day. GOP Governor Chris Christie has welcomed him to New Jersey. What is FEMA's relationship to the states? Who's really in charge? What has Mitt Romney had to say about the agency and its future? We talk with a former leader of FEMA and others about federal assistance in times of trouble and in the presidential campaign.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.
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.
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.