FROM Paul Maslin
Presidential Primaries Make Way for Fall Campaign In Kentucky and Oregon yesterday, white voters dominated, but with very different results. Hillary Clinton 's Kentucky victory was overwhelming, and nearly half the state's Democrats said they would not support Barack Obama against John McCain . Obama now claims a majority of elected convention delegates. Today, they're both in Florida, as McCain was yesterday. It's one of the crucial "swing states" that could be decisive in November, just as it's been in the past. It will take 270 electoral votes to get to the White House, but each candidate is looking at separate contests in 50 different states. Has the calculus changed since 2000 and 2004, two of the closest elections in history? We look at red states, blue states and swing states around the country.
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?
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.