- Making News: Eighteen Candidates Vie to Replace "Duke" Cunningham
A special election is taking place today in California's 50th Congressional Dist, which includes northern San Diego County as well as costal cities such as Del Mar and Carlsbad. The vote is to replace Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who is spending eight years in fed prison for bribery and tax evasion. Tony Perry is San Diego Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times.
A "Pink Tide" for Latin America?
The Cold-War expression "pink tide" has been revived recently in reference to the growing political power of leftist leaders across Latin America, from Cuba's Fidel Castro and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez to Bolivia's Evo Morales. This weekend's first round of presidential elections in Peru put populist Ollanta Humala ahead in the polls. The former military man says he stands for the poor and the indigenous and is eager to oust a system that has favored the middle and upper classes. In July, Mexicans go to the polls, and there are indications that Andr--s Manuel Lopez Obrador may become the next president there. What about Brazil and Chile? Guest host Diana Nyad explores Latin America's trend toward leftist regimes. (An extended version of this segment aired earlier today on To the Point.)