FROM Marc Fisher
Media competition for Fox News Despite the growth of cable and the dominance of three broadcast networks, many Americans still get their news from local TV. Now, one company — the Sinclair Broadcast Group — will soon own enough stations, many are in small and medium markets, to give it access to more than 70 percent of American households. We hear about Sinclair's requirement that all local newscasts carry the same conservative segments — produced by the company. There's also One America News , building a cable audience with undisguised favoritism to Donald Trump. Will "fairness and balance" be a thing of the past?
The White House Opens a New Front on the Heroin Overdose Epidemic A steep increase in deaths from overdoses of heroin has increased pressure to find alternatives to the so-called War on Drugs. Today, the Obama Administration has announced an innovative initiative. Marc Fisher is part of a team at the Washington Post spending a year studying the heroin epidemic.
Legal Pot in the Nation's Capital Last November, 70% of Washington, DC voters approved recreational marijuana in the nation's capital city. Despite last-minute threats from some members of Congress, the Mayor and the City Council held firm and, yesterday, the will of the voters went into effect. So, although marijuana is still prohibited under federal law, you can now smoke pot in Washington, DC. Marc Fisher, senior editor at the Washington Post , has more on this victory for home rule in the nation's capital.
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.