FROM Olympia Snowe
Can Olympia Snowe 'Fight for Common Ground' outside Congress? Maine Republican Olympia Snowe served in elected office for 40 years, including three terms in the US Senate. Last year, she declined to run for re-election on the ground that extreme partisanship had rendered what used to be called "the world's greatest deliberative body" unable to perform its governing functions under the Constitution. Now she says she can serve the country better from outside than inside, and she's written Fighting for Common Ground : How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress about what might be done. Snowe says she "can understand why so many Americans are fed up with government."
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.
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?