FROM Eli Silverman
Violent Crime Is Rising in Los Angeles — at Least on Paper In Los Angeles, for the first time in 12 years, violent crime increased in 2014. Aggravated assaults were up 24%. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says better record keeping could be part of the reason. The Department uses the Compstat system introduced by former Chief Bill Bratton — and the LA Times recently discovered that the number of serious violent crimes had been under-reported . Is the city more dangerous…or is there a math problem?
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.