FROM Sig Christenson
Bowe Bergdahl Back on Duty In 2009, Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was captured and held by the Taliban. He was freed May 31st of this year, in exchange for five Taliban suspects. Since then Bergdahl has been called a hero, then a traitor and a deserter. Now he’s back on active duty at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, but reportedly refusing to speak to his family. What’s going on with Bergdahl?
More Details Emerge on Mass Shooting at Fort Hood Yesterday’s shooting at Fort Hood left thirteen dead and dozens wounded. The suspect in the killings is Major Nadal Malik Hasan, who reportedly had complained of harassment for being a Muslim and had hired a lawyer to help get him out of the military. Sig Christenson has been covering the story for the San Antonio Express-News .
Bush Speech Caps Week of Iraq Testimony President Bush today accepted the recommendations of General David Petraeus. The draw-down of troops from Iraq will stop when the "surge" ends in July. Democratic leaders of Congress said, "He's just dragging this out, leaving a failed war and a failed economy on the doorstep of the next president." Because of strains on the troops, Mr. Bush also reduced tours of duty from 15 months to 12, but that won't start until August. We talk with soldiers about the state of morale after six years of war. What do multiple tours on the front lines mean for their families? What about recruitment, retention and readiness to meet future contingencies?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.
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.
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.