FROM Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Puerto Rico nursing homes are desperate for supplies Drinking water and food is still needed in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit on September 20. Despite shiploads of supplies arriving to the island, getting them off the ships and out to the people remains difficult. President Trump will go to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, after engaging in a Twitter attack over the weekend against the mayor of San Juan.
America's fourth-largest city is drowning Friday evening, Hurricane Harvey hit Rockport, Texas with 130 mile-an-hour winds, essentially destroying a city of 10,000 people. Since then, the storm was downgraded, but it moved East to the city of Houston, where it’s been hovering since — dropping more rain than Houston has ever seen before — creating 5500 refugees already. Thousands have been rescued with thousands more still at risk as first responders are being sent in from other parts of the country. As if record-breaking rainfall wasn’t enough, massive releases are needed from two giant reservoirs — even though they’ll make flooding worse. We update an unprecedented disaster due in part to the failure of long-term planning.
Defeating ISIS might be just the beginning With the votes still coming in, we’ll look ahead at one of the major challenges facing the next President of the United States: the fight against ISIS. It’s a legacy of George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, one that Barack Obama has struggled unsuccessfully to leave behind. The battle to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State has been raging for the past month. The US is backing an unlikely coalition of forces who’ve come together despite ancient grievances between one another.
Wife of Orlando Shooter under Investigation A federal grand jury has been convened to investigate Noor Zahi Salman, second wife of Omar Mateen, who was killed after gunning down 49 people Sunday in Orlando. Now the FBI is trying to find her. Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Houston Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times , joins us from central Florida.
The Deterrence Dilemma The Obama Administration claims that "immigrant family detention" stopped last year's surge of people fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. But newly established detention centers are called "gilded cages," and a federal judge has ruled that they're "inhumane." Last Friday, Judge Dolly Gee ordered 1700 women and children released from detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania until immigration courts settle their claims for asylum. What are the options? Will Congress consider a billion dollar proposal to improve conditions in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala?
Can Gay Marriage Co-Exist with Religious Freedom? The US Supreme Court has made same-sex marriage the law of the land, but discrimination against gays and lesbians is still alive and well. That’s the next target of the movement for equal rights. But what about the right of religion? Supreme Court dissenters warned about a kind of reverse discrimination against sincere believers that same sex marriage is unacceptable. Is there a way to prevent conflict between two basic entitlements, so that two rights don’t produce many wrongs?
American Sniper Murder Trial Begins The movie American Sniper tells the story of Navy Seal Chris Kyle. After he returned home, he ran a program for vets with PTSD. One of them is a man named Eddie Ray Routh. Routh is accused of murdering Kyle and another man at a shooting range in Texas. The jury has been selected in Routh’s trial, and opening arguments are scheduled to begin tomorrow. But Routh’s lawyers say because of the movie, their client cannot get a fair trial: especially in Texas where a lot of people have seen the movie.
35-Hour Waits at County USC’s ER? LA County officials are investigating a complaint about wait time at Big County—that’s County/USC Hospital, LA’s largest public hospital. Today’s LA Times reports that a healthcare professional says the emergency room is so crowded the average waiting time is 35 hours. We called the County Department of Health Services, which said anyone who could speak was in a meeting. The hospital itself said they’d been told not to talk with the media. Jim Lott is Executive Vice President of Hospital Association of Southern California…representing public as well as private hospitals.
LA's Poor Swamp Free Medical Clinic Just as it was last August, this week's Remote Area Medical clinic at LA's Sports Arena has been “overwhelmed by demand.” That's according to Molly Hennessy-Fiske of the Los Angeles Times , who's covered the first three days of a week-long free clinic.
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.
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 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.