FROM Javier Aceves
The World's Most Wanted Man Is Back on the Loose This week's escape of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has turned glittering success into abject failure for Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto. The sophisticated tunnel built under the noses of prison officials has made a mockery of security and raised suspicion of official complicity. Guzmán's cartel is reportedly the main supplier of cocaine and heroin to the United States, and his show of power is a blow to international cooperation. We follow the story on both sides of the border.
A Crime Solved Sparks Outrage in Mexico Outrage over corruption in Mexico reached new heights this weekend, after authorities announced that drug-gang hitmen had confessed to murdering 43 students who went missing in September. The drug cartel members say they were acting in collusion with police under orders from the mayor of Iguala, in the state of Guerrero, and his wife. Over the weekend demonstrators set fire to the doors of the National Palace in Mexico City and on Monday they blocked access to Acapulco Airport. The brutality of this story has brought to a head Mexicans’ frustrations with and outrage at President Enrique Peña Nieto’s failure to stem narco-violence and rampant corruption in the nation’s criminal justice system.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
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.
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.