FROM Ryan Kittell
Winter Storms Dump Water on Southern California Record amounts of rain have hit the Southland since Thursday, with three more storms expected, tonight through this coming Thursday. Meteorologists say it's a weather pattern that only happens once every 10 or 15 years. It's the kind of weather that could result in a major disaster in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, where eleven hundred miles of levees prevent flooding over an enormous area. The Army Corps of Engineers recently said many, including an eight mile stretch of the American River in Sacramento, were "unacceptable."
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
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