FROM Michael Evans
British Army Told to Bribe Taliban with 'Bags of Gold' Unemployed or under-employed young men are being recruited by the Taliban for about 6£ ($10) a day in Afghanistan. Britain's new counter-insurgency manual tells officers to talk to leaders with "blood on their hands" and buy off potential recruits with "bags of gold," while not being "over-generous." That's according to Michael Evans, Defense Editor for The Times newspaper in London.
More Arrests in Foiled London Terror Plot British officials say the same men who attacked Glasgow Airport in a flaming Jeep Cherokee also rigged two Mercedes to explode in London the day before. Seven people have been arrested in those attacks, two of them doctors. We hear more about the investigation and what it could mean for the US.
Car Bomb Discovered in Central London A massive car bomb that could have caused carnage in the Haymarket area of central London has led to a shutdown in parts of the city. Scotland Yard's Tarique Ghaffur affirmed that "safety and security is number-one priority" for Londoners and the many events taking place over the weekend. Mike Evans is defense editor for the Times of London.
Russia and UK Dance around Spy-Case Extradition Relations between Britain and Russia are increasingly strained over the radioactive poisoning in London of a former Russian spy. British agents are in Moscow to investigate the murder, but Russia's chief prosecutor says there will be no extradition of any suspects.
Russian Ex-Spy Poisoned, in Critical Condition British police have announced they are investigating the poisoning of a former Russian spy, who has been an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin. Scotland Yard said yesterday that the former spy, Alexander Litvinenko , had been placed under protective guard in a London hospital.
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.
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?
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?