FROM Jonathan Shapiro
Reforming the State Park System One of California's most valuable assets is the State Park System, which includes coastal beaches, redwood forests and parts of the High Sierra. After decades of budget cuts, it was announced last year that 70 out of 278 parks would have to be closed . Then it was discovered that two special funds had been hidden away totaling $54 million, not close to what was needed, but enough to create a loss of confidence. Now the Little Hoover Commission, California's ongoing investigative agency, says major changes are needed to make sure no parks will be lost.
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?
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.
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.