FROM Michelle Kaske
Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis Grows Larger Yesterday, in a ten-minute televised speech, the Governor of Puerto Rico said the commonwealth will default on a $422 million bond payment. Alejandro García Padilla said "essential services" for 3.5 million people had to come first. Michelle Kaske covers Puerto Rico for Bloomberg News .
Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis Deepens with Missed Payment Puerto Rico has "taken the first move to commit financial suicide." That's according to a credit analyst in Florida after Governor Alejandro García Padilla suspended deposits into a fund that pays general-obligation bonds. Michelle Kaske covers the Commonwealth for Bloomberg News .
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.