FROM David Lauter
New questions about political polling Beware of polls, especially if an individual poll is telling a different story than most other polls. Take, for instance, the USC Dornsife/LA Times poll , which has consistently put Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton over the last month in the presidential race.
Voters Pessimistic about Their State, Unhappy with Their Leaders Partisan politics and the recession have virtually paralyzed state government. Governor Schwarzenegger and the legislature are setting records for low approval ratings. Government reformers say the moment has finally arrived to change the tax system, get rid of the two-thirds vote required to pass a state budget, and adjust the property-tax restrictions of Proposition 13 . A new survey suggests otherwise. The Los Angeles Times has partnered with USC's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences to survey 1500 registered voters. Both Democratic and Republican polling firms were involved, and the results are a slap in the face to reformers.
The Fires Continue. Were We Adequately Prepared? President Bush has trumped Southern California’s emergency status with a declaration of major disaster. That means federal grants, temporary housing, unemployment assistance and low-interest business loans. Governor Schwarzenegger’s Office of Emergency Services has created 5 local assistance centers to help with insurance claims and housing assistance. They’ll also help fire victims replace lost records.
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.
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.