Today on To The Point, we’ll get some previews and take a look at how much the Olympic Games really mean to different countries around the world. Also, a look at guns and the presidential campaign, and China's dramatic political upheaval as the wife of Bo Xilai faces murder charges.
FROM THIS EPISODE
China’s most dramatic political upheaval in decades continued today with murder charges against the wife of Bo Xilai—who was deposed in March as the party boss of Chongquing. His wife, Gu Kailai, is accused along with an aide of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood.
The US women’s team has won its first soccer game, but the official opening of the London Olympic Games won’t be until Friday. The world is beginning to focus on London as the Torch has been carried through the streets of the city. Celebrities and politicians are turning up, including Mitt Romney, who caused a minor stir with these comments about security preparations. Romney backpedaled a bit later. He’s visiting London as part of his presidential campaign, and as the man who saved the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
Nick Harris, sports news reporter for the Independent
Alan Abrahamson, 3 Wire Sports / USC (@alanabrahamson)
Adam Minter, Bloomberg World View (@AdamMinter)
Adharanand Finn, Editor at The Guardian, Author of Running With the Kenyans (@adharanand)
Last night, NBC’s Brian Williams asked Mitt Rommey if there should be a “national conversation” about assault weapons in the hands of civilians—and whether 6000 rounds of ammunition should be available on the Internet. President Obama address the issue in a speech yesterday.
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