FROM Dan LaVista
Innovation, Education and California's Future California's Master Plan for Higher Education says community colleges should be open to any high school graduate who can benefit from instruction. But some 400,000 students might be turned away from 112 campuses if billions of dollars in taxes are allowed to expire in June. Republicans have rejected Governor Brown's call for an election to give voters a chance to extend those taxes. We hear about efforts to maintain college budgets.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.
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.