FROM Chris Dufresne
BCS Controversy Is Backdrop to College Football Championship A few college bowl games already have been played, but the Big ones, including the Rose and Fiesta Bowls tomorrow and the BCS Championship on January 10, are yet to come. They are the dream of every college team, but some teams are guaranteed a chance to get there — and some teams aren't. Chris Dufresne writes about sports for the Los Angeles Times.
A "Great Sports Town" and Its Trouble with Football This year's Rose Bowl decided the championship of college football. In next month's game, USC and Michigan will be also-rans--and the NFL has been gone for 12 years. The Pac 10 will again play the Big 10 again next month at the Rose Bowl, but the 93-year tradition is turning into just another college game. Meantime, another, less celebrated, tradition was established 12 years ago. That's when the pro-football Rams left Anaheim and the Raiders departed the LA Coliseum. Ever since, the National Football League has played hard-to-get with a series of public officials.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.