FROM Doug Otto
Was the Judge Lenient in Sentencing Long Beach Teens? When nine black teenagers were convicted of the Halloween beating of three white women in Long Beach, there was delight on one side and outrage on the other. As the when teens were sentenced, the outrage and delight were reversed. Today, the last teen was sentenced and, like eight others before her, she was put on probation and ordered to serve 250 hours of community service. Unlike the others, she was not placed on 60 days of house arrest. What other options were available to the judge under juvenile law designed to rehabilitate rather than punish? Has justice been done? Is the juvenile system doing its job? We hear from journalists and experts in juvenile law, including the attorney representing the victims and their families.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
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.
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?