FROM Paul E. Peterson
US High School Math Students Score 31st Out of 56 Countries In the first-ever study of its kind, the US is 31st among 56 countries, from Taiwan to the Czech Republic, in the performance of top students in math. That's according to researchers at Harvard, Stanford and the University of Munich in Germany. What are the implications for US competitiveness in science, engineering, technology and other components of the global economy? Paul Peterson, a Harvard University professor and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, is editor-in-chief of Education Next , which has published the findings.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.