Texas floods. Soccer scandal. Nebraska outlaws the death penalty. Identity theft at the IRS. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Deep water in long-dry Texas this week. Houses, lives, swept away. Nowhere to run to. Nowhere to hide. It may be the same for soccer’s FIFA chieftains. Corruption charges in the US. Switzerland investigating the World Cup awards to Russia and Qatar. At home, mystery charges against former Speaker of the House, Republican Dennis Hastert. Hush money millions and something dark coming. We’ve got Nebraska outlawing the death penalty. Ireland voting in gay marriage. More 2016 bids. Live anthrax on the move. This hour On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
-- Tom Ashbrook
McKay Coppins, senior political writer for BuzzFeed News. (@mckaycoppins)
Mimi Swartz, executive editor of Texas Monthly and contributing writer for the New York Times opinion section. (@mimiswartz)
Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst. (@JackBeattyNPR)
From Tom’s Reading List
The Wall Street Journal: FIFA President Sepp Blatter Faces Growing Pressure as Sponsors Wary — "FIFA’s embattled president faced pressure on multiple fronts Thursday, after soccer’s world governing body was plunged into crisis by a corruption scandal that prompted calls for his resignation just a day before a vote expected to secure his re-election."
New York Times: My Night With A Flash Flood In Houston — "Many people picture tumbleweeds rolling across dusty plains when they think of Texas, but Houston is actually more like Calcutta, or Panama; it is very green here, because it rains a lot. On the other hand, it usually doesn’t rain for long; violent storms come and go quickly, with some attendant street flooding because Houston is also very flat. Most of the time, however, a little water is no big deal, though its frequency helps explain why so many Houstonians drive large pickups and S.U.V.s, a fact I tend to recall only when I am stuck in rising water in my Honda Civic."
The New Republic: What Are They Thinking? — "Why run as a dead-in-the-water candidate? Maybe God tapped them to run. Maybe they want to influence the public policy debate. Maybe they want to return to the spotlight. Or maybe they genuinely believe they can win. After all, in 2012, five different candidates held the lead at some point, including pizza mogul Herman Cain and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Mitt Romney won, as expected, but for a while there—especially after Santorum’s early wins in Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri—2012 looked like it could be anyone’s election."
This program aired on May 29, 2015.