FROM Laura Carlsen
The Human Cost of Cheap Produce Walmart, Safeway, Whole Foods and other American grocers import billions of dollars-worth of fruits and vegetables from Mexico. The companies advertise "ethical sourcing guidelines" including humane treatment of Mexican farm workers. But a recent Los Angeles Times investigation reveals unpaid laborers trapped behind fences far from home, living in squalor, short of drinkable water, bathing in irrigation canals. Is that what's keeping food prices down?
Mexico Under Siege: Can Calderon Rein in the Cartels? The Bush Administration wants to send helicopters, planes and inspection scanners to help Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon crack down on drug cartels. But members of both parties in Congress have their doubts based in part on reports of corruption at the local, state and federal levels. Today's WWLA is a re-cut edition of this morning's To The Point . Photo Credit: Mexico's President Felipe Calderon By: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Mexico Under Siege: Can Calderon Rein in the Cartels? Mexican President Felipe Calderón's crackdown on drug cartels has been met with brutal violence, including the beheadings of local police. His third-ranking public official was assassinated in Mexico City, and a federal policeman is one of those accused in the killing. Calderón calls these "acts of desperation" that prove the success of his efforts. The Bush Administration wants to send helicopters, planes and inspection scanners to help Calderón, but members of both parties in Congress have their doubts. Others say Mexico is beginning to look like Colombia. Should the US help Calderón fight his drug war, bolster the rule of law or use the money to protect its own border? What about curbing demand and supplies of illegal weapons?
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?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.