Here And There with Dave Marash

Talk about your high-risk occupations, the leaders of pro-Russian secessionist militias in Eastern Ukraine have been surviving the dangerous battlefield, only to be  murdered one after the other far from the front lines.  NY Times Moscow correspondent Andrew Kramer on who’s been killed, how and why?  Who dunnit?  Still an unanswered question, but the top suspects are the Ukrainian Security Services, the Russian security services, rival rebel commanders and the paramilitaries’ own rank and file.

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The news from Venezuela goes from bad to worse.  Inflation may be the worst in the world, and people are going hungry, because food and other household goods are not available in the stores, and people can’t afford them.  Associate Press Bogota Bureau Chief Joshua Goodman has been in Caracas watching the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro drive off the proverbial cliff.

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In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pressing forward with his plan to re-write the Constitution and give himself greater powers.  So far, he’s used a so-called coup his own National Security Advisor says he penetrated and set off pre-maturely to make it fail, as the justification for 40,000 arrests and more than 100,000 firings of government workers.  Meanwhile, Al-Monitor columnist Pinar Tremblay says the Turkish economy is in free fall.  Erdogan’s just cutting a deal to build fighter planes with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, but how will he pay for it? 

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Becoming a so-called “sanctuary city” is a moral, political and, if President Trump has his way, financial choice.  Santa Fe, NM Mayor Javier Gonzales spells out the values behind his hometown’s decision not to co-operate with Federal Immigration authorities, except when a suspect is wanted on felony charges, and why he thinks Trump’s threats are mostly hot air.  The Mayor says the President is creating false fears of immigrant criminals committing violent crimes and even terrorism, when studies show sanctuary cities are actually safer than non-sanctuaries. 

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The National Football League insists, the economics of its 32 franchises is a 2-way street. The teams get grants from their host cities, and tax breaks.  But the League says it more than pays off in generated business, tourism and prestige.  Most economists disagree, saying football’ contributions don’t balance municipal expenditures. Ken Belson of the NY Times tells the story of one owner, Arthur Blank of the Super Bowl Atlanta Falcons who is investing a lot of his own money making his new stadium’s surrounding neighborhoods better places to live

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The official estimate from the Russian Ministry of the Interior is that 40% of all violent crimes in Russia occur in a family setting.  You won’t be surprised that the Russian Parliament is working furiously to change the laws on domestic violence.  But their effort is to make the laws LESS protective to women, children and the elderly who are the usual victims.  If a beating doesn’t send someone to the hospital, the new law says, it’s not a crime.  A government poll says most Russians approve these changes.  Nataliya Vasilveya of the Associated Press Moscow bureau has been covering.

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Run your finger on a map along Russia’s western borders.  If a legacy plan started by President Obama is fulfilled, there will soon be American military boots on the ground, close to its complete length from Romania to Norway.  5000 US Army troops are deploying to Poland.  Chris Lievsay of PBS NewsHour watched them arrive. 

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The endless dispute between Albuquerque City Hall and Police Headquarters and their Federal Justice Department reform monitors drags on, with the pace of real reform even slower than that.  The Albuquerque team says Monitor James Ginger’s been mean to them, and has asked the supervising Judge to insert a mediator into the process.  Investigative reporter Jeff Proctor wonders if the home team is trying to score points or just run out the clock as a new Donald Trumo-Jeff Session Justice team takes over. 

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The harshest winter in a decade has hit southeastern Europe.  Low temperatures recorded maybe 3 times a century are turning refugee camps into death camps. One cold snap killed 5 children in camp for refugees from Syria and Iraq on the Greek island of Samos. 

The worst suffering has been among children and pregnant women, the subjects of Pulitzer Prize winning AP Photo-journalist Muhammed Muheisen’s recent series of pictures.  He takes us inside one camp north of Athens. 

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Most Presidents get to pick their own First Fights.  For President Donald Trump, the choice is clear: repeal and replace Obamacare.  Here’s the problem: repeal is easy, all the Republicans in Congress and possibly a majority of Americans are alright with that.  But writing and passing a replacement health insurance program is going to be very hard, and ¾ of the electorate has said, don’t do one without the other.  Nina Burleigh, National Political Correspondent of Newsweek has been covering the Obamacare controversies.

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