FROM Richard Garnick
President Bush's American Competitiveness Initiative After the Soviet Union fired the first satellite into orbit, a crash program led the US to revolutionize science and technology. Now, China, India--even South Korea and Singapore--are putting the US to shame when it comes to high skills and innovation. They're turning out PhD's in science and engineering, pushing unfettered inquiry where the US once was unrivaled. On this archived edition of To the Point, President Bush says his Competitiveness Initiative will restore American leadership, but will cuts in basic education still put the country in economic jeopardy?
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?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.