FROM Steve Buttry
Rising Flood Waters Wreak Havoc and Close Interstates Rising waters in the Des Moines River are threatening Iowa's state capital with mandatory evacuations. Voluntary evacuations already had been called for. The Cedar and Iowa Rivers are among those still rising. Thirty-five highways are already closed in the state's worst flooding ever. In Cedar Rapids, 135 patients on wheelchairs and stretchers have been evacuated from the Mercy Medical Center. Steve Buttry, editor of The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, has an update.
Iowa Residents Flee as Flood Waters Rise Tornados have struck four states in the Midwest, killing four Boy Scouts in Iowa. Meantime, nine Iowa rivers have reached flood levels and fifty-three counties have been declared disaster areas. A levee has broken in Cedar Rapids, where Steve Buttry is editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette .
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.
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.
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?