FROM Michael McDonald
Looking for clues in early voting Even before tonight’s final debate in Las Vegas, some two million voters have already cast their ballots. Is either side getting a head start? Is early voting a good predictor of how things will look when the election is over? Have they left any signs about what’s to come?
Turmoil in Guatemala Extraordinary events occurred in Guatemala over the weekend. Today, despite pressure to do so, President Otto Perez Molina is refusing to step down. The pressure is coming from tens of thousands of citizens, the nation’s most powerful business group, and even the Catholic church. Much of his cabinet has stepped down and his Vice President has been arrested.
Central American Violence We’ve been hearing about the surge of children from Central America making the dangerous journey north to try to cross the US border. Since October, more than 50,000 of them have been detained. That’s almost double last year’s count. And tens of thousands more are thought to have slipped through. We hear about the extreme violence in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala that is driving people north.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?