FROM Monica Davey
Democratic Long Shot Claims Victory in Wisconsin Judicial Race In the presidential battle-ground state of Wisconsin, obscure Democrat Joanne Kloppenburg is claiming victory by 204 votes out of one and a half million over David Prosser , a veteran Republican on the State Supreme Court. The office is actually non-partisan, but it was politics that made the difference, and it's all about Republican Governor Scott Walker's new law restricting collective bargaining for state workers. Monica Davey is Chicago Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
Bad-News Blagojevich Back at Work Barack Obama wants Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to resign so a special election can fill his vacant seat in the Senate. Meantime, political fur continues to fly. Blagojevich is out on bond on charges of putting Obama's vacant Senate seat "up for sale." Today the governor went back to work, with his attorney saying there are no immediate plans for a resignation. Monica Davey is Chicago Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
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?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.
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.