Today has been one of the most interesting days of political news since the November election. Three big stories you should be aware of:
1. Hugo Chavez, Dictator of Venezuela, lost his battle to cancer at just 58 years of age. He will be remembered by many for calling President Bush the devil, exerting anti-Semitic pressure, and most notably taking oil assets from investors without proper compensation.
Big news coming out of this is potential unrest in Venezuela and shocking comments from famous people praising the dictator, most notably Jimmy Carter who said the following:
We came to know a man who expressed a vision to bring profound changes to his country to benefit especially those people who had felt neglected and marginalized. Although we have not agreed with all of the methods followed by his government, we have never doubted Hugo Chávez’s commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen.
I suppose nasty comments about a recently deceased world leader is bad form, but praising him is a bit shocking.
2. Rand Paul is still on the Senate floor after 10+ hours of filibustering the nomination of John Brennan as CIA Chief. His issue is with the President’s power to use unmanned drones to kill American citizens on American soil without due process. Many feel this is unconstitutional.
3. A leaked email from the Agriculture Department field officer regarding spending cuts says the following,
In context, this communication is telling the department that they are not to take steps to reduce the negative impact of spending cuts. We’re seeing one of the gutsiest political plays of modern times. President Obama (let’s be clear, not directly linked here) is highlighting the downside of the spending cuts as much as possible (e.g., making the symbolic move to suspend White House tours rather than postponing a $920,000 personal vacation) to create dissatisfaction among the electorate. A dissatisfaction that he’s betting will be blamed on the GOP, which could give him immense power after 2014 mid-term elections.
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