FROM Kim Devore
Update on the Wildfires in Malibu and San Diego Fires continue to rage in seven Southern California counties -- from Ventura to the Mexican border. With his microphone buffeted by winds in Malibu, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledged that there had been tens of thousands of acres burned, several homes destroyed and dry conditions that make it very difficult to get the fires under control. Fire officials and civic leaders have urged those who've been asked to evacuate to comply in order to allow firefighters to concentrate efforts on combating the fires, rather than to try to rescue trapped residents. We speak with a journalist who lives in Malibu and get a brief overview of what's happening elsewhere in Southern California.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
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?