FROM Josh Barro
Week in politics: Health care and Comey tapes We look at the politics around the Senate GOP health care bill. Four conservative senators say they can’t support it? Do they really mean that? What will the moderates do? We also talk about President Trump admitting that he had no tapes of his conversations with Comey and that he hinted at them to influence Comey’s testimony.
Is obstruction of justice Trump's greatest threat? President Trump tweeted today, “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.” He also traveled to Miami to roll back President Obama’s Cuba policy. Also, this week’s Congressional baseball practice shooting led to lots of talk about mutual respect and more civil debate, but will it change anything?
Trump to Comey: 'That's what I want -- honest loyalty' Former FBI Director James Comey’s opening statement for Thursday’s Senate hearing has been released. It reads a little like a YA novel. In describing a dinner with Trump, Comey writes: “It turned out to be just the two of us, seated at a small oval table in the center of the Green Room. Two Navy stewards waited on us, only entering the room to serve food and drinks.” He also says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Will withdrawing from Paris agreement solidify Trump's support? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership, as John Kerry said, or it’s a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty. How are Trump supporters responding? For some in Southern California, climate change is not their priority.
How much damage has Trump done to his presidency? It’s been a busy political news week. So where does that leave Donald Trump as he’s about to start his first overseas trip? We talk impeachment, Watergate, and why Mike Pence has set up a political action committee.
Trump tax reform plan begins to take shape During his long campaign, President Trump promised the biggest tax cut of all time, but he was short of specifics. Today, White House Economic Advisor Gary Cohn proposed "the most significant tax reform legislation since 1986 and one of the biggest tax cuts in American history." Josh Barro, senior editor at Business Insider and host of KCRW's Left, Right and Center , says the changes announced today are basically the same as those announced by candidate Trump.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.
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?
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.