FROM Bobby Caina Calvan
US Stalls Executions of Chemical Ali and Two Former Aides to Saddam Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has lashed out at American forces who are holding three high-ranking figures from Saddam Hussein's regime. All three have been sentenced to hang, and Maliki wants the sentences carried out. But others in his government object and the US says there should be consensus. Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali," has been sentenced to die for murdering Kurdish civilians with poison gas, as have former defense chief Sultan Hashim and one other aide to Saddam Hussein. Bobby Caina Calvan is in Baghdad for the McClatchy Newspapers .
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?
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.