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Mexico's war on drug traffic is failing, and its violent cartels have gone multinational. Can local and national government maintain control? How can the US help its southern neighbor from becoming a failed state? Also, Congresswoman Maxine Waters goes on the defensive, and same-sex marriages may begin again next week in California… or they might not. We unravel the legal possibilities.

Banner image: Police officers place markers next to the bodies of several men killed by drug traffickers in the bar in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on April 28, 2010. Photo: Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty Images


George W. Grayson

Making News Congresswoman Maxine Waters Goes on the Defensive 7 MIN, 31 SEC

Congress is out of session, and California Democrat Maxine Waters seized the moment today in Washington to mount a public defense against charges by the Ethics Committee which has so far failed to set a date for a hearing. Perry Bacon, Jr. is a national political reporter for the Washington Post.

Perry Bacon, Jr., Washington Post

Main Topic Is Mexico Becoming a 'Failed State?' 34 MIN, 15 SEC

President Felipe Calderón admits that his war on drug traffic is in trouble, and that Mexico's criminal gangs "want to replace the state." After almost four years of bloody warfare, cartels that sometimes outgun the army are smuggling more drugs than ever and expanding into other activities. Local corruption has allowed them free rein in many places, and kidnappings have shut down operations of state-run Pemex, a big source of national income. Calderón says he's open to changing his strategy. What are his options? Does the US have to do more to reduce the biggest drug market of all? What about legalization, north and south of the border?

Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times (@TracyKWilkinson)
Jorge Chabat, Professor of International Studies, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics
George Grayson, Professor of Political Science, William and Mary College
Edgardo Buscaglia, Professor of Law and Economics, Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico

Reporter's Notebook Legal Snag May Block Prop 8 Proponents from Appealing 8 MIN, 46 SEC

Yesterday, federal district Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that same-sex marriage should go into effect now in California, but stayed his order until Wednesday to allow a chance for appeal. He also said the only right to appeal lies with Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown. But neither of them supported the ban on Prop 8 and both have announced they won't appeal the ruling. That still might not be enough to make same-sex marriage legal next Thursday. Erwin Chemerinsky is Dean of the Law School at the University of California at Irvine.

Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law

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