FROM Monica Davey
Democratic Long Shot Claims Victory in Wisconsin Judicial Race In the presidential battle-ground state of Wisconsin, obscure Democrat Joanne Kloppenburg is claiming victory by 204 votes out of one and a half million over David Prosser , a veteran Republican on the State Supreme Court. The office is actually non-partisan, but it was politics that made the difference, and it's all about Republican Governor Scott Walker's new law restricting collective bargaining for state workers. Monica Davey is Chicago Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
Bad-News Blagojevich Back at Work Barack Obama wants Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to resign so a special election can fill his vacant seat in the Senate. Meantime, political fur continues to fly. Blagojevich is out on bond on charges of putting Obama's vacant Senate seat "up for sale." Today the governor went back to work, with his attorney saying there are no immediate plans for a resignation. Monica Davey is Chicago Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.