FROM Paul von Zielbauer
Trump and American labor: A love story? In a rare political moment, the head of the AFL-CIO has expressed some agreement with the Republican President-elect. But how far is Donald Trump willing to go on behalf of working Americans? We look for answers among his appointees to offices that can make a difference.
The state of the nation after Obama One politician's "achievements" are another's "mistakes that urgently need correction." We look at what president Obama will leave behind when his second term ends three weeks from now.
Creating a synthetic human genome Creating synthetic humans sounds like science fiction, but genetic science has advanced so fast that the possibility is becoming a fact. On this special rebroadcast of To the Point, we talk with the geneticist who's leading the way and hear about ethical and religious objections.
Will Trump violate the US Constitution on Inauguration Day? Donald Trump comes into office with more potential conflicts of interest than any other President-elect in history and his cabinet follows in the same mold. Guest host Barbara Bogaev explores the blurring of lines between business and politics, and how Democrats are gearing up to challenge a President apparently unwilling to divest himself of a global empire.
Big oil, Vladimir Putin and US diplomacy Some key Republicans are already grumbling about the Russian ties of Donald Trump’s choice to be Secretary of State and his lack of diplomatic experience, raising questions about Senate confirmation. We hear more about Rex Tillerson and Trump’s concept of foreign policy as deal-making.
CIA says Russia sought to influence US election Washington Democrats -- and Republicans -- want a bipartisan investigation: did Russia try to help Donald Trump win last month's election? But the President-Elect says the claims are political and he's challenging the credibility of the CIA.
The Italy referendum and the populist march on Europe First there was Brexit, now Italy's political instability is threatening the European Union. Liberal democracies are under siege in other parts of the world. What's the relationship to Donald Trump's victory over America's political establishment?
Will the Syria endgame include ISIS? The latest reports indicate that Aleppo — the last stand of "moderate rebels" — is about to fall to attacks by Syria's Assad regime, bolstered by Russia. They claim the target is ISIS, but new reports indicate that Assad helped create the Islamic State. We hear what that could mean for US policy as Donald Trump prepares to take over from Barack Obama.
The recount: A noble pursuit or just a distraction? A recount of presidential voting will begin in Wisconsin tomorrow. Michigan and Pennsylvania may be next. Is it a useless exercise or needed oversight — especially after Donald Trump's repeated warnings about a "rigged election?"
Can Trump bring manufacturing back home? The President-Elect is already trying to make good on his promise to restore America's manufacturing economy. Did voters threatened with losing their jobs really believe he could do it? Does rebuilding the infrastructure hold the promise of bipartisan support?
Dash cams, body cams and unintended consequences The federal government is subsidizing dash-cams and body-cams for local police in response to high-publicized incidents of police misconduct. On this special rebroadcast of To the Point, what does the footage really show? Should the public be able to see it all? We hear about the need for balance between privacy and so-called "transparency."
The public interest and personal business at the Trump White House Even before he takes office, President-Elect Donald Trump has revealed potential conflicts of interest unlike those of any president in American History. We hear what they could mean for the integrity of the White House and what he can do to avoid them.
Trump transition names loyal hardliners The Democrats are still reeling after last week's loss of the White House and their failure to regain power on Capitol Hill. We hear how they're planning to build momentum for the mid-term election of 2018.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.