FROM Henry C. Gonzalez
Convicted South Gate Politicians Sentenced to Ten Years South Gate is a working-class city in Southern Los Angeles County whose last elected treasure served for ten years, until his 2003 recall by 84% of the voters. This week Albert Robles was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for plundering South Gate of some $20 million. He was even accused of trying to kill political opponents. We hear more about how the city went from the verge of bankruptcy to having a healthy reserve.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?