FROM Nick Castele
Cleveland's Curse Is Over, Will the GOP Get Lucky? Last night's NBA Championship game was a nail-biter — at the Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors. But more than 50 years of sports heartbreak ended as the MVP LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers became the first NBA team ever to win the deciding seventh game after being behind by three to one. And that brought Cleveland its first sports championship in 52 years. Now the City's preparing for next month's Republican nominating convention — with barricades, batons, riot gear and police officers from out of town. Nick Castele, who covers sports and politics for WCPN ideastream , public radio in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, looks at last night's game and preparations for the GOP convention.
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?
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.