FROM Anita DeFrantz
Opening Ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics A country once famous for shutting itself off from the rest of the world staged one of history's most elaborate pageants today: a four-hour extravaganza featuring 15,000 performers and 29,000 fireworks before a crowd of 91,000 people in Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium. The TV audience could be four billion worldwide. George W. Bush became the first US President to attend an Olympic event on foreign soil.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.