FROM Justin Kirby
LA Teachers Protest Stalled Contract Talks Several thousand Los Angeles teachers turned out last night to point flashlights on LA Unified offices downtown and in the San Fernando Valley. Their contract ran out in July and, five months later, they claimed they were pushing for higher salaries and shining the light on continuing waste by the LAUSD . They're exerting pressure on candidates for the March school board election by withholding endorsements. We look at the politics of education and what goes on in the classroom.
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?
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?
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.