FROM Timothy Aeppel
The Robots Are Coming. Is Your Job Safe? China has become the world's second-largest economy by manufacturing products faster and more cheaply than other countries. Now, China's massive factory workforce is being replaced by robots, and many people may be left behind. In the US and other developed countries, fast-food workers, office staffs and sales personnel also may soon be shouldered aside. And robots are teaching classes, researching legal cases — even writing news stories — without demanding vacations or time off. As robots become more creative, will guaranteed incomes be needed to sustain an unemployed middle class?
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.
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.