FROM Russ Britt
Presidential Race Makes a Stop in California Since the 1969 oil spill, Santa Barbara has not been the place where political candidates talk about increased drilling offshore. That’s part of John McCain’s plan for energy independence, but when he came to Santa Barbara today, he didn’t talk about it either. Barack Obama’s so-called “dinner” at 4pm today in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was organized by Hillary supporter and friend-of-Bill John Emerson. Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Quaid, Cindy Crawford and Sugar Ray Leonard were expected to be on hand. But for a candidate who could fill Staples Center—or maybe the Coliseum—just 500 to 800 people were invited to an event scheduled for an “intimate” room in the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion.
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.