FROM Noreen Ahmed-Ullah
Mass School Shutdown Draws Angry Protests in Chicago Chicago is closing 54 public schools . The move is geared to help Chicago close a billion dollar municipal deficit. But Chicago isn't the first to take this drastic step to deal with city deficits. Two weeks ago Pennsylvania said it would close 23 Philadelphia schools. There have also been schools closings in Detroit, Newark, and Washington. Noreen Ahmed-Ullah covers public schools for the Chicago Tribune .
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?
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.