FROM Mark Trumbull
Should the Leap Year Be a Thing of the Past? Today is the day the world is reminded of the flaw in the Gregorian Calendar. It has 365 days a year except for one additional day every four years, and this is it. Is it time for a change? February 29 causes a lot of confusion every four years. Now, an economist and an astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins University have invented a new calendar. Every third month would be 31 days long with the rest all lasting for 30 days -- but there's a catch. An extra week would be needed every five or six years at the end of December. Mark Trumbull is a staff writer at the Christian Science Monitor .
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.