FROM Ron Aiello
The Dogs of War Foreign Policy magazine's Internet blog is running remarkable pictures of dogs training for combat -- bounding through ocean waves, charging at possible enemies and jumping from helicopters. One dog was part of the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan. General David Petraeus says dogs have capabilities that "cannot be replicated by man or machine." The animal which was part of Navy Seal Team 6 on Sunday could have checked for explosives, detected someone in a concealed room or run down anyone trying to escape.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.