FROM Matt Fleischer
Who's Playing Watchdog in LA County? Yesterday in the City of Maywood, Mayor Felipe Aguirre and two other elected officials survived a recall. The mayor is only one of many local officials to face corruption complaints and criminal charges. Maywood has 30,000 residents with just 7500 registered voters. Eleven hundred voted against the recall, 800 were for it. We hear on the story from Matt Fleischer, senior editor at the LA City Beat , and Robert Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, a non-profit research organization that looks at ethics and campaign financing.
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.
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?