FROM Farah Stockman
The Women's March: 2017 v. 2018 The second Women’s March takes place this weekend, amid a divide in the movement. We find out why there’s dispute over the goals of the protest. And what marchers have done in the year since 2017’s historic demonstrations.
U.S. loses manufacturing jobs -- many to Mexico What happened when Donald Trump called out a steel manufacturer for closing a plant in Indiana and moving it to Mexico? Nothing. New York Times reporter Farah Stockman spent a year documenting the closing of the plant, and talked to one woman who had worked her way up to supervisor and then had to train her Mexican replacement.
Secretary Clinton Back on Capitol Hill The military Taliban have seized control of another district of Pakistan, just 70 miles from Islamabad, the capital city. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Congress today that more people ought to be worried. Clinton's testimony was her first before Congress since she was confirmed in January. Farah Stockman is foreign affairs correspondent for the Boston Globe.
Iran Denounces Administration's New Sanctions Yesterday, the US announced tough new economic sanctions against Iranian banks, key branches of the military, nine companies and five individual officials. Today, Iran's foreign minister denounced them as "worthless and ineffective." Farah Stockman reports for the Boston Globe .
Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki Criticized in DC, Baghdad From the North American Leaders' Summit in Canada today, President Bush acknowledged frustration with the government of Iraq's President Nouri al-Maliki, but said it's up to the Iraqis to determine who governs their country. Michigan Senator Carl Levin , who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, is the latest American to call for al Maliki's removal . Farah Stockman covers foreign affairs for the Boston Globe .
How Long Can the Cease-fire in Lebanon Last? In the first few hours of the cease-fire, there were no Hezbollah rockets fired on northern Israel, and Israeli artillery fell silent for the first time in many days. There were reports of fighting in southern Lebanon, but refugees were streaming back into devastated towns despite Israel's ban on travel. At the UN, diplomats were struggling to put together a credible 15,000-person peace-keeping force to restrain both sides in a crisis that may not be over for some time to come. Both sides are claiming victory, but Israeli Prime Ehud Minister Olmert is under heavy criticism from the left and the right. Will Hezbollah willingly disarm under the watch of international peacekeepers?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.