FROM Javier Aceves
The World's Most Wanted Man Is Back on the Loose This week's escape of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has turned glittering success into abject failure for Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto. The sophisticated tunnel built under the noses of prison officials has made a mockery of security and raised suspicion of official complicity. Guzmán's cartel is reportedly the main supplier of cocaine and heroin to the United States, and his show of power is a blow to international cooperation. We follow the story on both sides of the border.
A Crime Solved Sparks Outrage in Mexico Outrage over corruption in Mexico reached new heights this weekend, after authorities announced that drug-gang hitmen had confessed to murdering 43 students who went missing in September. The drug cartel members say they were acting in collusion with police under orders from the mayor of Iguala, in the state of Guerrero, and his wife. Over the weekend demonstrators set fire to the doors of the National Palace in Mexico City and on Monday they blocked access to Acapulco Airport. The brutality of this story has brought to a head Mexicans’ frustrations with and outrage at President Enrique Peña Nieto’s failure to stem narco-violence and rampant corruption in the nation’s criminal justice system.
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.