FROM Kevin Baxter
USA Soccer Doesn't Flop, and That Hurts Our Chances In the World Cup, much depends on how theatrically you play the great game. Success may depend as much on acting ability as athletic skill. The US is beginning its World Cup run today , and coach Jurgen Klinsmann says they'll need to improve their play. What about their acting? Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times joins us from Natal, in northeastern Brazil, where the USA Men's National Soccer team starts this year's competition.
Dodgers Celebrate 50 Years with a Traffic Jam It’s been 50 years since the Dodgers came to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, and the big news for Dodger fans is Joe Torre — who’s won more games than any but seven other managers … most recently, of course, for the Yankees. On Saturday it was déjà vu all over again when the Dodgers went back to the Coliseum to play the Red Sox. A certified 115,300 people showed up, which qualifies as the biggest crowd ever to watch a major league baseball game.
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?