FROM Ben Svetkey
Point: Peering into the Eyes of a Celebrity and Learning… Nothing Benjamin Svetkey spent 20 years as a writer and celebrity interviewer for Entertainment Weekly. He spent thousands of hours talking with hundreds of movie stars, more time with Tom Cruise, he says, than with some of his own blood relatives. He got three hours to smoke stinky cigars with Jack Nicholson in the star's Picasso-filled mansion on LA's Mulholland Drive. So what are these world-class celebrities really like? The headline in Los Angeles Magazine says it all: " I Don't Know Jack ."
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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 longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.