FROM Richard Greene
What's Next for the Presidential Campaigns? John McCain had a high bar to reach last night with his acceptance speech at the GOP convention in St Paul. Not only was he following Barack Obama's historical performance in front of 80,000 Democrats the week before, he was also following the highly effective speech delivered the night before by his running mate Sarah Palin. McCain brought the party faithful to their feet with a mixture of his emotional personal story and a rousing promise to do battle with the powers-that-be in Washington. But can he resurrect the maverick persona with a voting record that's supported the current administration? We look at what's next for the campaign. Can both candidates to be the agents of change the country needs? Will Palin lead the charge in a sequel to the culture wars of the past? Should Obama fight back or take the high road?
Obama's Speech, McCain's VP, from Denver to the Twin Cities In front of a crowd of 80,000 in a Denver football stadium, plus millions watching on TV, the country's first African American presidential nominee mixed soaring rhetoric and down-to-earth detail in an effort to give new momentum to his campaign. It was an historic moment, coming on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's ' I Have a Dream ' speech. Polls have showed Barack Obama losing ground, but last night he showed a more combative side. He did the obligatory nod to John McCain 's service and then launched into the most scathing attack against him and the Bush Administration we've heard so far. This morning, McCain and his just-announced running mate , Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, are gearing up for next week's GOP convention with rallies in three battleground states. Did Obama accomplish what he needed to? What impact will Palin have on McCain's campaign?
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.
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.