FROM Elizabeth Alexis
Can the Bullet Train Get Back on Track? Governor Brown and other officials gave California's High-Speed Rail project a morale boost on Tuesday with a groundbreaking in Fresno. Critics say there's no way it'll ever reach expectations: a two-hour 40-minute ride from LA to San Francisco by 2028 at a cost of $68 billion. But, whatever it ends up costing, whatever the time required, Brown called it an obligation to future generations — like the cathedrals of Europe. There's no doubt it will be the most expensive public works project in state history — if it's ever completed.
A 'Watershed Moment' for High-Speed Rail The ultimate cost of California's high-speed rail system has doubled from $43 billion to almost $100 billion, and the completion date has now been moved from 2020 to 2033. Those announcements came today from the High-Speed Rail Authority, which is taking its latest proposal to the state legislature under deadline pressure.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?