FROM Matt Pearce
ACLU puts limits on defending extremists gathering with guns After Charlottesville, the ACLU takes another look at free speech and violence. In 1934, Jewish lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union famously defended the free speech of Nazis in the United States. In 1978, the ACLU supported a Nazi march in Skokie, Illinois, even though it was home to many holocaust survivors. Last week's Unite the Right demonstration in Charlottesville took place after the ACLU defended its right to a permit when authorities tried to deny it. In the aftermath, California affiliates of the ACLU are saying, "White supremacist violence is not free speech." Matt Pearce, who reports for the Los Angeles Times , says the civil rights group will no longer defend white supremacists who come to rallies armed and prepared to incite violence.
Trump's failed foray into Los Angeles development Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tried multiple times to make his mark on the LA real estate scene. In 1989, he vowed to build the tallest building in the world on the site of the old Ambassador Hotel. In 2000, he partnered with a small Native American tribe in the Coachella Valley to build a casino there. And in 2003, he put in a bid to lead the redevelopment of Grand Avenue. And each project saw Donald Trump on the losing end of the deal.
Backlash in Blue Eric Garner in New York, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Tamir Rice in Cleveland are just a few of the African Americans whose deaths at the hands of police last year sparked a nationwide protest movement. The unrest and anger over police brutality and racial profiling has recently spilled over into threats and violent attacks by individuals against police on the beat -- including the shooting deaths of two Brooklyn officers three weeks ago. Once on the defensive, now police across the country are aggressively speaking out, in pro-police rallies, a drastic slowdown in New York in arrests, and a social media campaign, Blue Lives Matter , in support of law enforcement. What will this new phase in the national debate over race and policing bring?
Disney’s No-Fly Zone You’re probably familiar with the concept of the no-fly zone: It’s protected airspace over, say, sensitive military areas or the Kurdish areas of Iraq. But you might be surprised to learn there’s a no-fly zone over Disneyland in Anaheim, and one over Disney World in Florida. A lobbyist managed to get it to block banner advertising over the park. Is it an abuse of no-fly zones?
A Different Tone in Ferguson Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ronald Johnson is now in charge of public safety in Ferguson after days of protests that turned into violent confrontations with city police. The new officers took a less combative approach last night, marching along with demonstrators who are protesting the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown last Saturday.
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?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.