FROM Lesli Maxwell
Why Is California Losing the Race to the Top? President Obama set aside $4.3 billion for education reform and told states to compete in what he called, the Race to the Top . Governor Schwarzenegger and the Legislature battled for weeks before enacting a package of new laws , in the hopes of winning $700 million in federal dollars. Today, 16 winning states were announced out of 41 that applied -- but the Golden State was a loser. We ask the State Superintendent of Public Education and others what happened.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.