FROM Bob Salladay
Barack Obama in Los Angeles Nobody's surprised when a presidential candidate comes to California almost a year before the primary voting begins--looking for money. What's rare is the candidate who's also looking for votes. But this year is different. California's about to move its own primary up from June to February, which means that Golden State voters will be important for the first time in decades. Tonight, Illinois' Democratic Senator Barack Obama will be at a Hollywood fundraiser in Beverly Hills. This afternoon, presidential candidate Obama was scheduled to speak at the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex in the West Adams District of Los Angeles.
California's Voice in the 2008 Presidential Campaigns? The Governor and the Legislature are likely to move California's presidential primary up to February 5 of next year. The idea is to force Republican and Democratic candidates to actually campaign here, rather than just raising money. Just talking about it brought Rudy Giuliani in for a four-day tour. John McCain and Barack Obama will be here next week. Still, there's debate about whether an extra election is really a good idea. Would it mean real clout for the biggest state in the Union? Would it really work? What does it have to do with term limits? We hear a journalist following the story and advocates on both sides.
Is Phil Angelides Ready for Late-Night TV? Action-movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy on Jay Leno's Tonight Show , and tonight he'll be back to share a few jokes--at a crucial moment in his campaign for re-election. His Democratic opponent, Phil Angelides , wants equal time, but NBC claims he's not entitled. Just a month before the election, the incident dramatizes how crucial television can be in a modern election. In California, the biggest media state of all, most candidates can't even afford it.
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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?
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.