FROM Scott Malone
Irma hit eastern Caribbean, heads to Puerto Rico The House has already passed and sent to the Senate $7.9 billion in aid for Hurricane Harvey. Meantime, Hurricane Irma is packing 185-mile winds, heading directly for Puerto Rico. Florida Governor Rick Scott is urging people to heed evacuation orders. Some have already been issued. Scott Malone is reporting for Reuters in Puerto Rico.
Guinness Pulls Out of St. Paddy's Day Parade over Gay Exclusion St. Patrick's Day Parades are time-honored traditions in New York and Boston, but Mayors Bill DeBlasio and Martin Walsh, respectively, have gone where politicians of the past might have feared to tread. Both refused to march because gays and lesbians aren't allowed. Boston's parade was yesterday; New York's was today. Both were without traditional features, not just the mayors but key sponsors: Guinness, the quintessential Irish brewer, and Massachusetts' own Sam Adams. Scott Malone is editor in charge of the Northeastern States for Reuters .
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.