Photo: Senate candidate, Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
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Donald Trump has mocked Mexico throughout his campaign, so today's "private" visit to the Presidential Palace came as a surprise. Trump may have little to lose but, for Enrique Peña Nieto, it could be another story. Mexico's former President, Vicente Fox, called Nieto's invitation "an enormous political risk…. he could even be perceived as a traitor. Hillary Clinton held forth on Trump's trip before he'd even arrived in Mexico, "It certainly takes more than just making up for a year of insults and insinuations by flying in on our neighbor and then flying out a couple hours later… that's not how it works." Andrew Selee specializes in Mexico. He's Vice President of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington.
Democrats need to topple five Republicans to take over the Senate -- just four if they win the White House so their vice president can vote to break ties. Some of the most vulnerable Republicans are being challenged by women Democrats. After November, there could be more women Senators than ever before. And, the Senate really matters — as President Obama has learned all too clearly with issues including the confirmation of Supreme Court appointees. Bernie Sanders is back in action — with an agenda different from the Democratic National Committee's. We look at races around the country.
Will Governor Jerry Brown seize another opportunity to improve the lives of farmworkers?
Migrant workers harvest corn on in Gilroy, California
USDA photo by Bob Nichols
When he was first Governor of California back in 1975, Jerry Brown created the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. California became the only state to allow farmworkers to unionize and bargain for overtime. Now, in his fourth term, he's being asked to sign a measure that would pay overtime after a workweek of 40 hours instead of 60 hours. But recently, Brown vetoed a bill that have would make it easier for farmworkers to organize. Miriam Pawel is author of two books on the farmworkers: The Union of their Dreams and, most recently, The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography.
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