FROM Dale Kasler
Detroit's Bankruptcy Ruling Could Have a Big Impact in California The gold-plated promise used to be that a career in government meant a guaranteed safe and sound pension. Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that bankrupt Detroit could cut its municipal pension plans . What will that mean for Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino, California cities that have declared bankruptcy? Dale Kasler is business and economics reporter at the Sacramento Bee .
CalPERS Investigating $50 Million Paid to Former Board Member California largest public retirement system, CalPERS , stands to lose $500 million on a New York real estate deal that's about to go bust. Other potential losers are the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and the Church of England. The State Teachers' Retirement System has already written off $100 million. Dale Kasler covers business and economics for the Sacramento Bee .
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.