FROM Chuck Reed
San Jose Mayor Pushes for Pension Reform Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino have declared bankruptcy, but they're not the only California cities in dire financial straits. Several others say they can't afford police, parks and other basic services because they're paying so much into workers' retirement plans. The Wall Street Journal says San Jose is the nation's richest major city, but that it's threatened with bankruptcy because of public-pension obligations. Mayor Chuck Reed is a Democrat who's willing to challenge organized labor with a proposal for next year's statewide ballot.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.