FROM Ronald White
Oil Refiners Look to Make Permanent Cutbacks Oil companies are losing money because of the economic downtown and consumers' changing habits. Cutbacks in production of gasoline and diesel fuel will increase prices, and they've already started. That's according to Ron White, reporting for the Los Angeles Times .
Decreased Port Traffic Signals Increased Economic Weakness After 20 years of uninterrupted expansion, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach saw declines in cargo shipments last year. The Port of LA says it was down 6% and estimates say the Port of Long Beach saw a drop of 10%. We hear what the stalling of Southern California's biggest economic engine means for the local economy.
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?
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?
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.