FROM Daniel Rothberg
The Las Vegas Strip turned into a war zone A gunman shot and killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500 at a Country Music Festival in Las Vegas. Automatic gunfire rained down on a crowd of 22,000 from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel. ISIS, the terrorist group, claims the shooter was a convert, but the FBI calls that “nonsense.” Local police say the shooter killed himself just as they blew open the door of his room. Sixty-four-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock was a Nevada resident with no criminal record. It’s believed he acted alone. President Trump has called for national unity after the incident he described as “an act of pure evil.”
The Syrian War and Secret U.S. Support As crisis grows more dangerous by the day, nobody yet knows what the Obama Administration is doing to help Syrian rebels against the al-Assad regime. We’ll have reports from inside the country and ask if it’s time for the US to become more directly involved—whatever the risks might be. Also, Bo Xilai’s Wife Reportedly Confesses to Murder Charges and we take a look at who gets what in public tragedies.
Los Angeles Sikhs React to Wisconsin Temple Attack Yesterday's killing of six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin has reverberations in Southern California, where many Sikhs live and worship.
Mars Rover 'Curiosity' Approaches the Red Planet In two days, the rover Curiosity is scheduled to land on Mars. We find out what's at stake for the mission, space exploration and the search for life in the universe.
Is Temporary Labor the New Permanent? Temporary employment is on the rise. We look at the potential consequences, which may be very different for blue-collar workers than for professionals or executives.
The London Olympics Begin 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.
Penn State, Football Culture and the NCAA In the aftermath of the pedophilia scandal, Penn State football will be hit hard by NCAA sanctions. But will they change the culture of football nationwide and restore the balance between sports and the classroom? On Reporter's Notebook, after Mitt Romney slammed President Obama on his way overseas, campaign advisors tell British reporters the White House doesn’t appreciate a “shared history.” Also, Ford Motor Company's profits are down.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.
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?