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To the Point

To the Point is a fast-paced, news-based program that focuses on the hot-button national issues of the day. Hosted by award-winning journalist Warren Olney, the hour-long show presents informative and thought-provoking discussion of major news stories a

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Will the march for science politicize objective research?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?

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Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.

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Truth and Lies in Trumpland

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world. 

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Why Don't Facts Matter?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

"Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.

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Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.

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The flight bumping heard around 'round the world

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers.  Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers. 

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White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia.  Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?

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"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."

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After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.  

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Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.

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The attack on Syria: Risky, illegal... or about time?

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump’s missile strike against Syria last night has changed his relations with Congress -- and the rest of the world.

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GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow. 

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Trump talks tough on North Korea ahead of talks with Xi

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

We get a preview of the potential benefits — and potential risks — of this week's summit meeting of the Presidents of the US and China.  

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Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship?

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship? 

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The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame?

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.

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Border security and campaign promises

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump has promised tightened borders and a big beautiful wall. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at two tent-poles of the President's immigration policy: extreme vetting of visa applicants and building the US-Mexico border wall.

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Fighting back famine in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

In Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, there's an acute shortage of food and clean water, but the UN has received just a fraction of the money needed for the relief or prevention of famine. Will the Trump Administration push for budget cuts rather than make donations?

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As Brexit is triggered, negotiations with the EU begin

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The head of the European Union says "We're missing you already." But British Prime Minister Theresa May says, "There's no turning back." She's made this Day One of "Brexit" — as the UK becomes the first nation to break away after 60 years of European unity.

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Trump reversing Obama's climate change legacy

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump has vowed, in his words, to "turn the EPA from a job-killer into a job-creator," and today, he's announcing his order for "energy independence." We look at the prospects for putting his promises into effect by ripping up the Obama legacy on climate change.

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Further revelations into Russian involvement in 2016 election

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Last week's failure to "repeal and replace" Obamacare was an early setback for the Trump Administration. There may be long-term danger of a different kind in multiple investigations into ties with Russia among campaign workers, the White House staff and the Chief Executive himself. We look as some of the threads they're following. 

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'Do-or-die' time on healthcare bill

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump has demanded a House vote today on replacing Obamacare…whatever the details might be. Despite his campaign promise that nobody would lose health insurance, that's possible for 24 million people if he were finally to sign this bill into law. 

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The airline electronics ban and what it means

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump's Department of Homeland Security has banned all electronic devices larger than cell phones on some foreign airlines flying direct to the US. It's causing confusion as well as inconvenience. Is the motive really just increased security?

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Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names.  Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?

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America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?

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Getting answers on phone taps, Russia and leaking

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The Directors of the FBI and the NSA testified on Capitol Hill today there's no evidence for President Trump's claim he was wire-tapped by former President Obama. We'll hear about that and the investigation into Russian tampering with last year's presidential campaign. 

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Trump's opening offer: Making some of America 'great again?'

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

A massive increase for the Pentagon at the expense of domestic programs. We hear about winners and losers in the President's first proposed budget.

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Is America turning its back on the world?

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump has made no secret of his contempt for the United Nations — and he's not alone. But, will proposed cuts in US contributions be counterproductive to America's role in the world and to national security?

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Nationalism's appeal on both sides of the Atlantic

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Nationalism, Populism, concerns about immigration and outright racism are part of election campaigns from the US to Europe. We hear how today's election in Holland reflects the recent past and may forecast the future.

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CBO: Under GOP plan, millions will lose coverage

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Republicans are divided and Democrats are saying, "we told you so," when it comes to official estimates of what it will cost to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Trump White House says the Congressional Budget Office is just wrong.

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Trump, Russia and rabbit holes

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Conservatives are now joining liberal critics of President Trump by demanding to know about his administration’s ties to Russia. We hear about Washington latest political flap and possible unintended consequence. 

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East Asia: President Trump's first foreign policy test

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Starting with North Korea's latest test of nuclear missiles, a chain of events is causing instability in Asia. Could it turn into the first real foreign policy crisis of the Trump Administration?

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Trump's travel ban and the long-term agenda

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0800

The Trump Administration's revised travel ban may be good news for some visa holders and others, but it's still being challenged as unconstitutional. Some reporters call it the beginning of a long-term effort to change the demographic make-up of the United States.

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The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0800

President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state." 

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House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0800

As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all.  Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."

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Cover-up or witch hunt?: The latest on the WH ties to Russia

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Less than two months into his Presidency, Donald Trump is struggling to get his agenda under way, making it harder himself with tweets that dominate public attention. Meanwhile, important questions are going unanswered: why have staff members and the Attorney General lied about contacts with Russian officials?

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The President and America's infrastructure: Bait and switch?

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0800

President Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure proposal may not be what it seems. We look at the prospects for much-needed improvements in roads, bridges and airports.

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Trump tries on a new tone

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0800

President Trump may have had a familiar message last night in his first address to a Joint Meeting of Congress, but his tone and his delivery were something new.

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The defeat of ISIS: Not if… but when

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

President Trump campaigned on promise to speed up the crushing of the so-called Islamic State.  This week, the Pentagon provided a "framework" of options.  We hear the pros and cons.

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Is Pruitt the fox guarding the henhouse of clean water and power?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

When he was a public prosecutor, President Trump's choice as head of the EPA sued that same agency 14 times on behalf of oil and gas interests. What's at stake for the quality of air and water — and the effort to slow the rate of global warming?

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Democrats out of power, looking to win

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

It's not just the White House, Congress and the US Supreme Court. The Democrats have also lost power to the Republicans in a majority of state houses and governors' mansions around the country. As their National Committee meets this weekend to choose a new leader, can they seize an unexpected opportunity: massive, grassroots opposition to President Trump? 

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Aggressive new measures to detain, deport undocumented immigrants

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Two senior cabinet members are in Mexico today, meeting with officials unhappy about the Trump Administration's plans for deporting undocumented immigrants. Meantime, promised roundups are already beginning and the next step is expedited deportations. 

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One administration, many foreign policy voices

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Since World War II, the US has dominated the West, and claimed to champion liberal democracy in the rest of the world. But, in the month since Donald Trump was inaugurated, American foreign policy has changed… or has it? We look for answers.

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Republicans go home again — keeping their heads down

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Congress has a week off from Washington, but just seven percent of Republicans have scheduled town hall meetings in their home districts. Angry constituents want them to account for President Trump's unorthodox behavior—and explain what might be next after Obamacare. Democrats are hoping to take full advantage.

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A growing debate over presidential mental health

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

When columnists for the New York Times and the Washington Post called President Trump "obviously mentally ill" and "just plain crazy," nobody took them seriously. Now thousands of psycho-therapists say a "personality disorder" makes him unfit to serve.  Will that discredit their profession more than America's elected Chief Executive?

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The union movement, past and future

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

With union membership at an all-time low, organized labor is facing an existential crisis. President Trump supports Republican efforts to reduce union power — at the same time he's promised to improve working conditions. We look at the union movement — past and future.

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Rift grows between the White House and intel community

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

President Trump elaborated today on plans to investigate leaks from the intelligence community about his campaign and ties to Russia. We hear more about the growing credibility gulf between the White House and the spies and analysts who provide information vital to America's national security. 

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Welcome back, Wall Street

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump promised to "drain the swamp" in Washington, but critics say he's filling it with Wall Street bankers they blame for the financial crisis of 2008. Do his working-class supporters really care?

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White House in turmoil after less than a month in office

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Washington is on fire with charges and counter-charges, reports and rumors in the aftermath of Michael Flynn's departure as President Trump's National Security Advisor. We hear about the story that's roiling the worlds of politics and diplomacy. 

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Trump, immigration orders and the fear of mass deportation

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

As a candidate, Donald Trump promised a "deportation force," and recent roundups are creating high anxiety among millions of immigrants.  We'll look at the consequences for human rights, constitutional law, and the need for labor in fields, factories and elsewhere. 

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Sessions takes the helm at the Justice Department

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Alabama's Republican Senator Jeff Sessions has been confirmed as Attorney General — one of the most important and powerful jobs in the Trump cabinet. But Sessions' ideological affinity with the new President may give him more influence than just the nation's top law enforcement officer.

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Insecurity on NATO's borders

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

In Eastern Europe, Vladimir Putin is stirring many pots at the same time, while President Trump and his foreign policy team face a steep learning curve. We hear what that could mean for economic sanctions against Russia—and for military action in several countries.

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Resisting the Trump agenda

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Opposition to the Trump Administration has gone from the streets to the floor of the US Senate, where Democrats are protesting a cabinet nomination — even though they have no chance of winning. We ask, how far is too far for opposition to be effective?

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Terrorists don't have to cross borders to carry out attacks

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Despite massive disruption in this country and around the world, President Trump is battling in court for his travel ban to be reinstated.  But would it be effective? 

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Trump's First Constitutional Confrontation

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

President Trump has the Executive Branch of Government in a bitter battle with one federal judge, and the Ninth Circuit is now reviewing his controversial ban on refugees and travelers from seven other Muslim countries. We look at the law and the politics.

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US-Iranian relations turn icy once again

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

After the Obama Administration's delicate diplomacy with Iran, Donald Trump says that country's "on notice" and today he implemented economic sanctions.  We hear why and assess the risks of escalation between countries some call, "bitter friends and bosom enemies." 

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Trump makes good on shaking things up

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

President Trump is using the power of the White House the same way he did business: as a free-wheeling entrepreneur undeterred by the protocols or traditions of government as usual. We look at the consequences after just two weeks of his administration. 

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Trump picks Colorado judge to replace Scalia

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 11:00:00 -0800

President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court fulfills a major campaign promise and lit a fire under Democrats still furious over the Republican stonewalling President Obama's own nominee. Guest host Barbara Bogaev explores whether a possible filibuster will take this fight all the way to Republicans launching the nuclear option -- and destroy the filibuster forever.

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Is Trump waging a war on science?

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Scientists in and outside of government are raising the alarm about the fate of science, data and environmental policy over the next four years. Guest host Barbara Bogaev gets reaction to the administration's early moves, and hears about ways the scientific community is fighting back.

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Extreme vetting unleashes global chaos

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

It's been three days since President Trump signed an executive order banning all refugees and restricting travel by immigrants, but the consequences have been fast and far-reaching. Travelers were detained, protests escalated at airports in many US cities, and some top Republicans have criticized the order as too broad. Trump has hit back insisting this is not about religion, just terrorism. Barbara Bogaev guest hosts.

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A 'special relationship' in the Brexit-Trump era

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Theresa May is the first foreign leader to sit down with Donald Trump as Commander in Chief. The British Prime Minister says it's to build on the "special relationship" between the US and the UK. There's even talk of a new Trans-Atlantic trade deal. But how's that going to fly in a post-Brexit world, with a White House bent on "buy American, hire American?" Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at how the US withdrawing from global treaties and embracing Russia complicates the relationship.

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Trump's executive order begins his immigration crackdown

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

President Trump has issued orders to implement his promise to build a "Great Wall" on the Mexican border and penalize cities and other localities that try to protect undocumented immigrants from being rounded up and deported. 

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Trump on shaky grounds with the intel community

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

President Trump has apologized for comparing intelligence agents to "Nazis" — or has he? Will ongoing controversy undermine informed policy-making by the Chief Executive?

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Trump budget tries to square cuts and spending

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump may be a rare, new breed of President, but he's faced with problems that are all too familiar. We hear about his first efforts at putting together a budget and keeping his promises all at the same time.

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The future of activism in the Trump era

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

The Trump White House may disagree, but Saturday's turnout of protesters all over the country dwarfed the crowds who showed up for Friday's inauguration. Was it political theater… or the beginning of something new?

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Donald J. Trump Sworn in as president

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

This morning, Donald J. Trump became the 45th President of the United States. His inaugural address began with ringing repetitions of promises familiar from last year's speeches and rallies.

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The boycott of Trump's inauguration

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Guest host Barbara Bogaev runs down who's opting out of Donald Trump's inauguration, looks into the charge that he is not a "legitimate President", and considers how his unusually low approval ratings could shape his first term in office.

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Education Policy under a Trump Administration

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Senators are dashing from one hearing room to another today, as committees take up Donald Trump's cabinet nominees. We focus on Washington's role in public education.

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Obamacare goes under the GOP scalpel

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Republicans have started the process of repealing Obamacare once again — and Donald Trump says he has "a plan" to replace it. But can they get along? Will the next step for healthcare reform need a bipartisan coalition?

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Does the "American Dream" still have a future?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

For the first time, it's possible to measure "the American Dream." The results are sobering — especially for the middle class.  On this archived edition of To the Point, we hear about the failures of government — and some individuals — and the role of income inequality. 

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Is Donald Trump defying the Founding Fathers?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

A week before he takes office, America's President-elect is already embroiled in a controversy over the Constitution. Can Donald Trump avoid prohibited conflicts of interests without selling off billions worth of investments in foreign countries or the new Trump International Hotel — on Pennsylvania Avenue, between the White House and Capitol Hill?

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Trump foreign policy takes shape, or does it?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump's nominees to lead the CIA and the Pentagon have told Senate Committees they'll have no trouble disagreeing with the President Elect when he's in the White House. What will that mean for their chances of confirmation?

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Welcome to Donald Trump's Washington

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump held his first news conference in six months—staged at Trump Tower in New York -- while his cabinet nominees were being scrutinized by Senate Committees in Washington. We look at today's political drama from Trump Tower to the vetting of nominees for Secretary of State and Attorney General.

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Race relations after Obama

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

The election and re-election of the first black president led to predictions of a "post-racial" America. Today, we talk about Barack Obama's eight years in the White House and what they mean for the future. 

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Trump's icy relationship with US intelligence

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump has tweeted that only "fools" and "stupid people" don't want closer relations between the US and Russia -- despite intelligence findings. When he gets to the White House, will he make peace with the CIA, the FBI and America's massive network of spies and covert activities? 

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Trump and American labor: A love story?

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

In a rare political moment, the head of the AFL-CIO has expressed some agreement with the Republican President-elect. But how far is Donald Trump willing to go on behalf of working Americans? We look for answers among his appointees to offices that can make a difference.

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Donald Trump’s war on US intelligence

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump, his aides and many supporters have said that US Intelligence agencies have not produced enough evidence to convince them that Russia tried to influence the US election. Is Trump onto something American spies don't know, or is he concerned that reports of Russian influence will de-legitimize his election?

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America's role in world… after Obama

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

President Obama took office with promises to bring troops home from the Middle East, engage with hostile nations and build ties with the world's other major powers. We hear different assessments of where he succeeded and where he failed.

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The state of the nation after Obama

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

One politician's "achievements" are another's "mistakes that urgently need correction." We look at what president Obama will leave behind when his second term ends three weeks from now.

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Money for nothin': The case for universal basic income

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Universal basic income is an idea people on both the Left and Right have kicked around for decades. But it has newfound currency because of the gig economy and automation replacing workers. On this special rebroadcast of To the Point, guest host Barbara Bogaev discusses the pros and cons of Uncle Sam cutting everyone a check.

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Talking Points: About 2016

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0800

In this tumultuous year for American politics, that wasn't the only thing to talk about. Every day we bring you a Talking Point about an issue or an event that's helping define the national conversation even though it's not leading the news.  Today, we bring you a collection of our favorites. 

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How the gig economy is changing the way we view work

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

The freelance workforce is growing exponentially, with companies like Uber, Lyft, and Etsy driving the trend, as well as corporations increasingly outsourcing work. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at what happens when we all become our own bosses -- especially as we near retirement.

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A defiant Israel and an American reprimand

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Israel is railing at the Obama administration for not vetoing a UN vote last week condemning settlements in the West Bank. In retaliation, it's pulling envoys and advancing plans for new settlements in East Jerusalem, where Palestinians envision a future capital. Guest host Barbara Bogaev talks about the Kerry plan, gets reaction from Jerusalem, and considers where US-Middle East policy is headed under the Trump Administration.

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2016's climate of fear for America's Muslim community

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Reports of Anti-Muslim harassment and intimidation have risen sharply since November's election, and the FBI tracked nearly a 70% increase in hate crimes against Muslims during the ramping up of the presidential campaign in 2015. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at what 2017 might bring, with an administration focused on heightened security, tighter borders, and prone to a harsher rhetoric on terrorism.

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Creating a synthetic human genome

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0800

Creating synthetic humans sounds like science fiction, but genetic science has advanced so fast that the possibility is becoming a fact. On this special rebroadcast of To the Point, we talk with the geneticist who's leading the way and hear about ethical and religious objections.

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The 'American Dream:' Does it have a future?

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

For the first time, it's possible to measure "the American Dream." The results are sobering — especially for the middle class.  We hear about the failures of government — and some individuals — and the role of income inequality. 

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The year in (fake) news

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

News, politics and democracy in a post-truth world. It's an old problem that's worse than ever before. Guest host Barbara Bogaev explores what mainstream media, tech companies, and educators are doing to raise media literacy in a post-fact world.

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US-China relations in the Trump Age

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Guest host Barbara Bogaev considers what China’s seizure -- and return -- of a US naval drone means for the relationship between Beijing and a Trump White House. With the incoming administration pivoting towards Russia and taking a harder line on China, is a confrontation brewing?

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Berlin, Ankara and the international political consequences

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Guest host Barbara Bogaev follows up on yesterday's deadly attacks in Germany and Turkey, and looks at the ripple effects this spate of holiday violence could have far beyond Berlin and Ankara.

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Will Trump violate the US Constitution on Inauguration Day?

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump comes into office with more potential conflicts of interest than any other President-elect in history and his cabinet follows in the same mold. Guest host Barbara Bogaev explores the blurring of lines between business and politics, and how Democrats are gearing up to challenge a President apparently unwilling to divest himself of a global empire.

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The paradox of automation

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

During his campaign, Donald Trump promised to bring back millions of manufacturing jobs—but they aren't going to be there. We hear what kinds of new employment are being created—and what the new economy will mean for today's blue-collar workers. 

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Abortion rights in the Trump era

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump's victory has provided new energy to the pro-life movement. We hear about new state abortion restrictions and Trump's written promises to sign federal laws — including complete de-funding of Planned Parenthood.

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A new Russian "re-set?"

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Even before he takes office, Donald Trump has picked a fight with the intelligence community. Is the President-Elect getting too close to Vladimir Putin's Russia? What's at stake for America's interests in Europe and elsewhere in the world?

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Big oil, Vladimir Putin and US diplomacy

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Some key Republicans are already grumbling about the Russian ties of Donald Trump’s choice to be Secretary of State and his lack of diplomatic experience, raising questions about Senate confirmation. We hear more about Rex Tillerson and Trump’s concept of foreign policy as deal-making. 

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CIA says Russia sought to influence US election

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Washington Democrats -- and Republicans -- want a bipartisan investigation: did Russia try to help Donald Trump win last month's election? But the President-elect says the claims are political and he's challenging the credibility of the CIA. 

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Can Obamacare be replaced?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Republicans have tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act 60 times—and they're finally likely to get their wish when Donald Trump signs off on it next year. Replacement is another matter, and we'll try to find out what it might look like and when it might happen.

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Why the left is now embracing states' rights

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

The doctrine of States' Rights has long been used by conservatives against liberal policies dictated by Washington. Now, progressives say they'll invoke States' Rights to resist federal rules and regulations expected from the Republican Congress and the Trump Administration.

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Fallout from Trump's Taiwan call

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Last week, Donald Trump broke diplomatic precedent and offended China. Today, he's named an Ambassador that China considers a friend. Is it amateurism by a rookie in foreign affairs or a calculated strategy to keep China guessing?

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The Italy referendum and the populist march on Europe

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

First there was Brexit, now Italy's political instability is threatening the European Union. Liberal democracies are under siege in other parts of the world. What's the relationship to Donald Trump's victory over America's political establishment?

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Will the Syria endgame include ISIS?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

The latest reports indicate that Aleppo — the last stand of "moderate rebels" — is about to fall to attacks by Syria's Assad regime, bolstered by Russia. They claim the target is ISIS, but new reports indicate that Assad helped create the Islamic State. We hear what that could mean for US policy as Donald Trump prepares to take over from Barack Obama. 

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