FROM Joe Holley
Sexuality of Houston's New Mayor No Big Deal for Texans Headlines around the country have announced that America's fourth largest city has elected a lesbian mayor, but that's not the big news in Houston, Texas. Annise Parker has won seven elections in the City of Houston. She's finishing her third term as City Controller. This weekend, she got 53.6% of the vote to win a runoff election as Mayor. Joe Holley returned to his hometown just this past Saturday to write for the Houston Chronicle .
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?
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.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.