FROM John Hudson
Trump declines to endorse NATO's Article 5 In deference to President Trump, NATO leaders agreed not to focus on Russia during this week's summit. At today's opening session, they hoped he'd endorse the Alliance's Article 5 -- the principal that "an attack on one member nation is an attack on all.” Instead, he lectured about defense spending and "fairness" to the United States, even though the only time NATO's ever invoked Article 5 was after September 11. What are the consequences for Europe's trust in America as the leader of the free world since World War II? Thanks to Devan Schwartz for production assistance.
Kerry Testifies before Senate on Iran Deal The Obama Administration's sales pitch to Congress on the Iran nuclear deal began today. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee . Congress has less than sixty days to accept or reject the deal. Critics, including Republican Senator Jim Risch of Idaho, railed against the agreement as too soft on Iran. "With all due respect, you guys have been bamboozled and the American people are going to pay for that." John Hudson, senior reporter for Foreign Policy , has more.
Mexican Money, American Politics President Obama said back in 2010 that the Supreme Court’s Citizens’ United decision on political fundraising would "open the floodgates" for foreign cash into American politics. Now, a scandal in San Diego has his backers saying “told you so.” We hear about a Mexican businessman accused of trying to influence local politics through clandestine donations.
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.