Photo: Youth inspect rubble of a damaged house after an airstrike yesterday on rebel-held Daraa Al-Balad, Syria April 7, 2017. (Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
The U.S. fired Tomahawk missiles against Syria in response to this week’s sarin gas attack. Russia condemned the U.S. attack. What does this mean for U.S.-Russia relations? What does it mean for Donald Trump’s foreign policy, which previously had a hands-off approach to Syria and removing Bashar al-Assad?
The state legislature approved a $52 billion infrastructure bill, which means higher gas taxes and vehicle registration fees. We find out where the money will go.
Our critics review “Going in Style,” which stars Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin as bank robbers; "Smurfs: The Lost Village,” in which Smurfette discovers she’s not the only female Smurf out there; "Colossal," a romantic comedy with a fun and bizarre twist, starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis.
The film “All These Sleepless Nights” follows two friends, Kristof and Michal, as they navigate the parties, relationships, and literal highs and figurative lows of Warsaw. It premieres tonight at the Nuart Theatre in LA.
Michal Marczak, Director; "All These Sleepless Nights"
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