FROM Robert O'Brien
After Days of Speeches, It's Time for the Main Event Tonight it's Mitt Romney 's turn at last after a convention that's pushed increasingly toward a Tea-Party version of limited government. Republican delegates and the voters at large will learn if their nominee will still present himself as the pragmatic Mr. Fixit or more of a conservative ideologue. Last night, Romney's chosen running mate, Paul Ryan, debuted on the national stage with a speech that the delegates wanted to hear, including red-meat attacks on four years of Barack Obama 's presidency, at the expense of being called "factually challenged." We compare the rhetoric with the reality, and hear how Condoleezza Rice wowed a convention with a talk about foreign policy. To the Point is broadcasting live from the Republican convention all week. You can find all our coverage at KCRW.org/election2012 .
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.
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?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.