FROM Dan LaVista
Innovation, Education and California's Future California's Master Plan for Higher Education says community colleges should be open to any high school graduate who can benefit from instruction. But some 400,000 students might be turned away from 112 campuses if billions of dollars in taxes are allowed to expire in June. Republicans have rejected Governor Brown's call for an election to give voters a chance to extend those taxes. We hear about efforts to maintain college budgets.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.