FROM Michael de la Merced
Alibaba’s Wooing of Wall Street Fifteen years ago, Jack Ma—the founder of China’s Alibaba—was laughed out of Wall Street. Now the world’s biggest investors are clamoring for a piece of what could be the biggest IPO ever. On Monday, Alibaba held the first of 100 meetings in 10 days, selling itself to potential investors for the first time. It all started in New York City, where 800 people piled into three big rooms at the Waldorf Astoria. One of those in the crowd was Michael de la Merced, reporter for DealBook , a financial news service for the New York Times.
Finger Pointing Follows Facebook's IPO Fiasco Shares of Facebook we initially priced at $38 a share. On the second day of trading, shares tumbled by as much as 18 percent. Fingers of blame are being pointed at Morgan Stanly, Nasdaq and even at Facebook itself. What went wrong with the most highly anticipated high-tech debut in years? Michael de la Merced reports for the Dealbook Section of the New York Times .
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?
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.
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.