FROM Carrick Mollenkamp
Russia, Radioactive Poison and International Affairs Polonium 210 --the substance that killed Alexander Litvinenko--has turned up in Hamburg, and Interpol and German police are on the case, with Chancellor Angela Merkel saying such killings are not "a good sign." As the investigation into the radioactive poisoning of the former Russian spy continues, there's growing dispute about Litvinenko's London death-bed accusation that Vladimir Putin had a role in his killing. Though Russia's President scoffs, the incident has created alarm about what's happened to that county since the end of the Cold War. With former KGB agents running both the Kremlin and vast private interests, is Russia going fascist? Should the Soviet Union have been left in tact? We hear about internal corruption and international bullying.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new 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. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland 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.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? 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?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria 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.