FROM Floyd Abrams
Is Press Freedom 'Plummeting' in US? Reporters Without Borders is an international NGO that rates 180 countries on press freedom. Its latest report has Finland, the Netherlands and Norway at the top of the list, with Turkmenistan North Korea and Eritrea at the bottom. The US is said to have suffered a "significant decline," having dropped 13 points since last year when it comes to press freedom. It's now reportedly standing at 46th out of 180, between Romania and Haiti. First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams has defended Daniel Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers and prevailed over the Nixon Administration. His books include Friend of the Court and Speaking Freely , and he's been a professor at the law schools of Yale and Columbia.
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.
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.