FROM Joseph Horacek, III
Giant Homes with Invisible Owners In the posh LA suburb of Bel-Air, "Starship Enterprise" stands for a 30,000-square-foot, curved glass-and-steel mega-mansion being constructed in apparent defiance of building codes or the possibility of earthquake-induced landslides. Celebrity developer Mohamed Hadid faces criminal charges for illegal construction, but accountability is problematic. The building is legally owned by a limited liability corporation. That makes "Starship Enterprise" just one of many according to New York Times reporter Louise Story. She’s author of a seven-part series on properties owned by shell companies across the country.
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.
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.