FROM Semil Shah
It's the "Gig Economy," Stupid… When Hillary Clinton said she was worried about insecurity in the workplace, Jeb Bush scoffed and promised to “hail” an Uber to go to his next event. Bush was supporting the “sharing economy” — and Clinton does, too, despite her reservations. The “sharing economy” is also being called the “gig economy,” because it’s changing the relationship between employers and employees, turning full-time jobs into part-time “gigs” -- liberating executives and workers, but without traditional worker protections. That’s raising questions about taxes and government regulation -- questions that presidential candidates are being asked. Uber is just one of the new companies that “poses a challenge to longstanding notions of what it means to hold a job,” according to Noam Scheiber of the New York Times.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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?