FROM Louise Roug
UN Cites Record-High Monthly Death Toll for Iraqi Civilians In Baghdad, the United Nations announced today that 3709 Iraqi civilians were killed in October. It's the highest monthly toll since the US-led invasion in March, 2003. It's also far higher than the count of nearly 2900 American soldiers killed during the entire conflict. The news comes just a week before President Bush is scheduled to meet with Iraq's Prime Minister in Jordan to discuss speeding up the transfer of security control to Iraq.
Warrant for Sunni Cleric Could Deepen Rift with Shiite-led Government Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has called an emergency meeting to prevent what he warns could be "complete collapse of the government." There's concern that Sunnis may walk out because of an arrest warrant issued for one of their leading clerics. Harith Dhari is head of the Muslim Scholars Association.
Today's Elections, a Referendum on President Bush and Iraq? American culture has spread all over the globe. Now trade, terrorism and global warming have made the planet smaller than ever. So the rest of the world is watching as the Superpower goes to the polls. Do today's elections look like a referendum on President Bush and the war in Iraq? Is there hope for continuity or change? Does the US retain the moral authority it gained in the immediate aftermath of September 11? We go to the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Mexico.
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.
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 Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.