The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night – and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch

Mary Curtis:

Get the word out…people have to know what’s going on that media isn’t covering. Reblog this.

Originally posted on Caracas Chronicles:

San Cristobal ayer

San Cristobal on Tuesday night

Dear International Editor:

Listen and understand. The game changed in Venezuela last night. What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden.

What we have this morning is no longer the Venezuela story you thought you understood.

Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries on motorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and  storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting.

People continue to be arrested merely for protesting, and a long established local Human Rights NGO makes an urgent plea for an investigation into widespread reports of torture of detainees. There are now dozens of serious human right abuses: National Guardsmen shooting tear gas canisters directly into residential buildings. We have videos of soldiers shooting civilians on the street.

And that’s…

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G.O.P. Split Widens: Former Ohio Representative Tells Ted Cruz to “Leave the Party”

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Former Republican Representative from Ohio Steve LaTourette

Steve LaTourette, a Republican, represented Ohio’s 14th District. He resigned in 2012. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Referring to Ted Cruz as  someone who makes his “head explode,” Steve LaTourette, a Republican who resigned Congress because of increasing Tea Party obstinacy, told MSNBC”s Lawrence O’Donnell (The Last Word) that Ted Cruz’s behavior was “reprehensible” and “irresponsible,” and that he wished that Cruz would “leave the party.”  LaTourette formerly represented Ohio’s 14th District (in the northeast corner of the state along Lake Erie) as a Republican.  He resigned in 2012 citing partisan extremists who browbeat others to the point of gridlock.

Hats off to CVS for quitting the habit!

In a world filled with corporate profits and concern only about the bottom line, it is praiseworthy that CVS is willing to forego billions for the greater good.

CVS announced that it will quit the habit and stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October of this year.  In doing this, “the country’s largest drugstore chain” will lose “an estimated $2 billion in sales from tobacco buyers,” according to the New York Times.

Perhaps CVS’s bold move will set a positive precedent for other companies.

CVS Plans to End Sales of Tobacco Products by Oct. 1 – NYTimes.com.

Rep. Michael Grimm reporter outburst may be ‘part of pattern’  – NY Daily News

The day after Rep. Michael Grimm gave a reporter a post-State of the Union smack down, others subjected to Grimm’s wrath are coming out of the woodwork to swap tales of Grimm Gone Wild.

Grimm, a former Marine and FBI agent, outshined President Obama in the news coverage Tuesday night, when he threatened to throw NY1 reporter Michael Scotto off a balcony for questioning him about a federal investigation into claims of campaign finance fraud.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/tales-outbursts-including-brandishing-gun-marine-fbi-agent-physically-threatened-ny1-reporter-michael-scotto-article-1.1595538#ixzz2rqi6B8mW

Rep. Michael Grimm reporter outburst may be ‘part of pattern’  – NY Daily News.

Is Christie Lying? Text of Emails Reveals Unidentified Correspondent

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Heavily redacted transcripts of emails between New Jersey Governor Christie’s administration officials over the Fort Lee traffic jam mess expose an unidentified person who expresses joy over the tie-up, according the New York Times.

According to the transcripts published by the New York Times, the unidentified person responds to Port Authority official David Wildstein (who resigned his post), “Is it wrong that I am smiling?”

Does that sound like Governor Christie?  I don’t know, you decide if the arrogance in that statement matches him.  Here is the transcript:  Emails Between Top Christie Aides and Port Authority Officials – NYTimes.com.

Federal Judge Rules Against NSA Phone Program

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National Security Agency Seal

National Security Agency Seal (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

A U.S. District Court judge ruled today that the NSA‘s infamous phone surveillance program may violate the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment as well as other federal laws.  Judge Richard Leon wrote that:

“I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying it and analyzing it without judicial approval.” 

Read more here:  NSA Phone Program Likely Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules.

“Rape Insurance” Passed in Michigan

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Just about the time when the GOP thinks it might have a chance next election, the crazies of the party come out!  Michigan state just overrode their governor’s veto and passed a law that will require women to purchase “rape insurance!”

If a women is raped in Michigan and becomes pregnant from that rape, she had better carry a “rape insurance” policy if she seeks an abortion.  Never mind that the law was passed by men.  Never mind that one of the female legislators against this insanity was herself a victim of rape.  The special interest groups carry more weight.  And this GOP is supposed be the party that is becoming more sensitive to women?  Read more here:  Michigan ‘Rape Insurance’ Bill Passes Into Law.

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