FROM Nicholas Carr
How Is Google Changing Our Lives? Even critics say Google makes the Internet usable. One clean and useful search tool has replaced that series of links that might or might not be productive. But it now handles two-thirds of all web searches in the US and gets three-fourths of the revenue. Is it using its dominance to lead searchers to its own products? What else does Google do that users don't know about? Thirteen years ago, before Google was ever invented, Bill Gates of Microsoft faced anti-trust charges before a Senate Committee. Yesterday, Eric Schmidt, the Chairman of Google, faced the same committee , determined not to repeat Gates' mistakes. Why did Schmidt say he wants to "get right up to the creepy line and not cross it?" We hear about yesterday's Senate Anti-Trust Committee hearing and a lot more about Google's dominance on business and its impact on users.
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?
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.
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.