FROM Bruce Watzman
Coal Mine Safety and America's Energy Future Crandall Canyon coal mine officials in Utah say it's now "likely" that six trapped miners may not be found alive. Three rescuers have already died trying, but families of victims are angry at coal operators, the federal Mining Safety and Health Administration and Utah's Intermountain Power Agency , accusing them of giving up too soon. Was Crandall Canyon's operation too dangerous from the beginning? Has the Bush Administration traded safety enforcement for "compliance?" With coal now supplying 50% of electricity in the United States, what role will it play in America's energy future?
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?
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.