FROM Joe White
Historic Penalties against Korean Carmakers for Overstating Fuel Economy Claims Kia and Hyundai have agreed to the largest penalty in the history of the Clean Air Act: $100 million for misrepresenting the fuel economy of 1.2 million cars. The carmakers agreed to a settlement with the EPA and the Justice Department. Joe White is Senior Editor for Automotive Coverage at the Wall Street Journal .
Should All Use of Cell Phones While Driving Be Banned? Some proportion of American drivers think it's up to them to decide if they can text, tweet or talk on a cell phone while they're behind the wheel. Now, after investigating numerous crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board says that talking on wireless head sets while driving a car is just as dangerous as holding the phone to the ear, and that all states should ban all cell phone use except during emergencies. Joe White is a senior editor at the Wall Street Journal who also writes the column Eyes on the Road .
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.