FROM Rebecca Sinderbrand
Week in politics: Confirmation hearings to changes for Cuban migrants There were the confirmation hearings, Donald Trump’s first press conference in months, the Senate’s big move to unravel Obamacare, and a big policy change on Cuban migrants.
Protests continue to heat up across the country On the streets of New York City there was a third night of protest against Donald Trump's election, similar to what happened in major cities and on college campuses around the country. Rebecca Sinderbrand, Senior Political Editor at the Washington Post, has more on the protests as well as on changes in Trump's transition team .
Paul Manafort Quits Trump Campaign Donald Trump is in Louisiana today, surveying flood damage. But the political press is focused on changes in his campaign leadership. Paul Manafort has resigned just days after Stephen Bannon, chair of the rightwing website Breitbart News came on board. Rebecca Sinderbrand, Deputy National Political Editor at the Washington Post, joins us.
Trump Slams Media, Defends Donations to Veterans Donald Trump today attacked the news media after finally releasing information about the televised fundraiser for veterans he held in January to compete with a Fox News debate with other presidential contenders. Telling reporters he "wanted to keep it private," Trump explained, "because I don't think it's anybody's business if I want to send money to the vets but I have to say this. I raised close to $6 million, it'll probably be over that amount. As of this moment its $5.6 million." He called one reporter a "sleaze" for asking him at the news conference when he actually donated $1 million of his own money. The Washington Post , led the way in trying to determine where the money actually went -- and when.
After Iowa: the GOP Survival Test in New Hampshire Donald Trump took a major hit in Iowa, where he wasn't "the winner" as he predicted. He needs a comeback, and insults are flying. Ted Cruz scored an upset but, in New England, he's on shakier ground, while Marco Rubio is trying to make third place look like a victory. Bush, Christie and Kasich aren't giving up, but a poor showing on Tuesday could put any one of their campaigns on life support. New Hampshire will play a major role in shaping what could be a long nomination contest to come.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.