FROM Ben Arnoldy
NATO Airstrikes in Afghanistan Kill Scores In Afghanistan today, officials say a NATO air strike on two fuel trucks has killed up to ninety people. An investigation is being launched into whether civilians were among those killed. In the meantime, controversy over the recent elections continues to grow. Ben Arnoldy is the South Asia Correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor .
US Military Launches Offensive in Afghanistan A US soldier reportedly has been captured by a terrorist group in Afghanistan. Not much is known, but the Agence-France Press says the group is promising a videotape along with some kind of demands. Meantime 4000 other marines are in involved in an offensive in Helmand Provence. Ben Arnoldy is South Asia correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor .
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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.