FROM Kenneth Orduna
Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald Dies Sunday Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald served a district including Compton, Carson, much of Long Beach and parts of Los Angeles until she died of cancer on Sunday. In 1991, she became the first African American elected to the Carson City Council, and she served in the Assembly before going to Congress in 1996. Governor Schwarzenegger has the next two weeks to set a special election . Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally is one of those who predict a "major scramble" to replace her.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
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.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.