FROM Keith Perine
Ashcroft Testifies on Interrogation before Congress Former Attorney General John Ashcroft testified before Congress today about so-called "enhanced interrogation" initially approved by the Justice Department during his tenure. Ashcroft subsequently rescinded the so-called "torture memo" written by Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo. Democrats today asked about "waterboarding" and other techniques. Keith Perine is Legal Affairs reporter for Congressional Quarterly.
Mukasey on Cruise Control in Confirmation Hearings Senators today questioned former judge Michael Mukasey , President Bush's choice to become Attorney General of the United States. They were looking for differences between Mukasey and Alberto Gonzales , who resigned under the pressure of relentless controversy. The issues explored included interrogation techniques, conversations with political figures about pending cases and a willingness to resign if the president ignores legal or ethical problems about his policies. Keith Perine covers legal affairs for Congressional Quarterly magazine.
Attorney General Gonzales Testifies on Capitol Hill America's chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales , came under attack from members of both parties today at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. At issue is how deeply he was involved in the firing of eight US attorneys . Has he tried to deceive both Congress and the American people? What is the role of partisan politics in the administration of justice? Has Gonzales lost the credibility he needs to do his job? We get a report on the hearing and hear from one of the former prosecutors.
Politics and the Administration of Justice Kyle Sampson, former top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales , told the Senate Judiciary Committee today prosecutors were not fired to gain "partisan advantage." He also said that Gonzales did not give "accurate" testimony when he told Congress he was not directly involved in ousting the US attorneys. We hear more about Sampson's testimony and another top Gonzales aide who invoked the 5th Amendment. What's at stake for the Attorney General himself, and what's the history of political involvement with the Department of Justice ? We hear from journalist, political scientists, and legal experts, including two former Justice Department officials.
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 new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.
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.