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  • Even in Chavez's hometown, Venezuela 'revolution' ails before election - "Chavistas destroyed us"

    11/27/2015 10:08:06 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 27, 2015 | Alexandra Ulmer
    ........."We were 'Chavistas'," said Julio Coromoto...a workman next to a queue of dozens at a shabby supermarket."But they destroyed this town.".... Nationwide polls predict voters will punish the socialists next month, possibly taking away their majority in the National Assembly for the first time since Chavez took power in early 1999.To hold on to loyalists, the government is milking Chavez's legacy at every turn, re-naming voting centers after him, splashing his smiling face on billboards and filling state television with his most rousing speeches.In Barinas, his brother Argenis and cousin Asdrubal are running for the legislature, hoping to follow in...
  • Venezuelan opposition candidate shot dead at campaign event

    11/26/2015 7:51:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    "Luis Manuel Diaz, local leader of the Democratic Action party in Altagracia de Orituco (Guarico state) has just been shot dead," the party's chairman Henry Ramos Allup said on Twitter. Ramos Allup said Diaz was standing next to Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who is in prison for incitement to violence in 2014 antigovernment protests. He added that the shooter, whom he believed to be a member of an "armed gang" linked to the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), carried out the attack from a vehicle. In a statement, the Union of South American...
  • Most Dishonest Countries Are China and Turkey

    11/17/2015 9:43:17 AM PST · by oblomov · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | 16 Nov 2015 | Sophia Rosenbaum
    It’s a coin toss between China and Turkey for the title of least honest country, according to a new study. As part of a 15-nation honesty study, researchers from the University of East Anglia had the 1,500 subjects participate in a coin flip, telling them they’d get up to $5 every time it came up heads. The researchers theorized that if the percentage reporting heads was over 50 percent, participants were being dishonest, since heads statistically shows up only half the time. An estimated 70 percent of Chinese participants lied — the most dishonest of the bunch, according to the...
  • Murdered for their guns, Venezuela's police are now victims of crime

    11/13/2015 9:25:55 AM PST · by Torcert · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4 November 2015 | Alicia Hernández in Caracas
    A gang culture of impunity and stricter gun control has led to off-duty police officers being killed for their weapons, motorbikes and even mobile phones.Not even the police are safe in Venezuela. In a country which saw 24,000 murders recorded in 2013 and whose capital city Caracas was runner-up for murder capital of the world, 252 security officers have been killed in the country from January until October this year, in most cases simply because they were carrying something valuable -a gun. [..]When President Maduro launched a disarmament plan in 2014, and security forces were also ordered to destroy weapons...
  • Cuba: A Threat to America

    11/11/2015 11:27:47 AM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 5 replies
    TheTrumpet.com ^ | 11 Nov 2015 | Gerald Flurry
    If you were alive in 1963, you probably remember where you were the afternoon of November 22. That is the day you heard the news that United States President John F. Kennedy had been shot. President Kennedy was murdered as he traveled by motorcade in Texas. Since that very day, the truth about the assassination has been a mystery. Lee Harvey Oswald, a former U.S. Marine, defected to the Soviet Union in 1959 and returned to the U.S. in 1962. Two days after the president’s assassination, he was murdered by a nightclub owner under dubious circumstances. The Warren Commission, which...
  • A large order of McDonald's fries costs about $126 in Venezuela

    11/05/2015 4:35:23 PM PST · by detective · 24 replies
    MSN Money ^ | November 5, 2015 | Elena Holodny
    The good news is McDonald's is finally bringing back fries in Venezuela, after getting rid of them last year, according to the AP. The bad news is the regular will cost about $79 (500 bolivars), according to the country's strongest exchange rate.
  • McDonald’s fries are back in Venezuela—for only $133!

    11/05/2015 4:11:52 PM PST · by bkopto · 25 replies
    Fusion ^ | 11/4/2015 | Manuel Rueda
    The good news is that McDonald's is selling french fries again in Venezuela for the first time in 10 months. The bad news is that Venezuela's economy is in such shambles a large bag of fries costs about 10% of a monthly minimum wage. The "new" fries, which are now being sourced from Venezuelan farms because it's too difficult and costly to import potatoes, were introduced this week with a cheeky social media campaign, that displayed them as somewhat of a mystery item that's coming to a McDonald's near you.
  • "The Biggest Defeat in Our Nation’s History!" (U.S. Military Chiefs on Democratic "Solution"

    10/31/2015 10:21:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    "Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you." (Frank Sinatra) Fairy tales certainly came true for Sinatra's chum John F. Kennedy. I refer to the Cuban Missile Crisis, 53 years ago this week. More specifically, I refer to the media/academia/Hollywood spin of the crisis, especially its outcome. Surely you know the tune: "JFK stood up to the Russians in Cuba! Khrushchevblinked, cowered, and took his missiles home with his tail between his legs! Ha-ha! Take THAT Russkies! That’s the kind of gumption we need today with Iran and Putin!" In fact, here was the consensus at the time...
  • Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Says He Will Sue U.S.

    10/30/2015 12:57:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    wsj.com ^ | october 29, 2015 | kejal vyas
    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Thursday he would sue the Obama administration in an attempt to lift an executive order signed earlier this year that declared the South American country an extraordinary threat to U.S. national security. "We can't have that decree around. It's like the Sword of Damocles here," Mr. Maduro said in a televised address, pointing to his neck. "We're going to file a lawsuit in the U.S. against that decree." He said the suit would expose the "international illegality" of President Barack Obama's March 9 order, which also slapped sanctions on seven Venezuelan government officials accused of...
  • Venezuela sues black market currency website in United States

    10/30/2015 12:50:46 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 1 replies
    reuters ^ | October 23, 2015 | andrew cawthorne
    Venezuela's Central Bank filed a lawsuit on Friday with allegations of "cyber-terrorism" against a U.S.-based website that tracks the OPEC member's currency black market. The DolarToday site has enraged President Nicolas Maduro's government by publishing a rate in Venezuelan bolivars for the greenback far higher than the three official levels under Venezuela's 12-year-long currency controls. The rate has become an unofficial marker in the crisis-ridden economy, with some Venezuelans using it in private transactions or to fix prices of imported goods. The lawsuit, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, named three Venezuelans in the United States...
  • Bogot Voters Send Marxists Packing

    10/28/2015 3:01:26 PM PDT · by PROCON · 3 replies
    panampost.com ^ | Oct. 28, 2015 | Mara Paula Surez Navas
    After a close race for mayor in the Colombian capital of Bogotá, former Mayor Enrique Peñalosa emerged victorious last Sunday to regain his old post with one-third of the vote. Besides his own proposals, Peñalosa, of the center-right Radical Change party, was undoubtedly favored by the fact that Bogotá residents had grown tired of 12 years of leftist rule in the city. In the last decade, city infrastructure has decayed, crime has increased, and poor planning surrounding the Integrated Transportation System has worsened public mobility. Political and security analyst John Marulanda believes the key to Peñalosa’s victory was his decision...
  • Venezuelan Beer Magnate Accused of Treason

    10/22/2015 9:21:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Tico Times ^ | 10/22
    Lawmakers from Venezuelas ruling Socialist party filed treason charges Wednesday against a prominent billionaire businessman for allegedly seeking an IMF bailout for the recession-ravaged oil giant. Lorenzo Mendoza, head of Venezuelan food and beverage empire Empresas Polar, could face decades in prison if convicted of the charges, which include conspiracy and usurpation of state functions. The charges were filed with prosecutors by 101 lawmakers from the 167-seat National Assembly, said deputy Pedro Carreno of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), as he presented the document.
  • S-Word Avoided in Stories About Near Worthless Venezuelan Currency

    10/19/2015 4:56:39 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 19, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    How inflated is Venezuelan currency? So inflated that even thieves in Venezuela are refusing to steal it. This has been reported in several media outlets such as the New York Times and Vox but a certain word is very noticebably absent in both reports. It is the S-word that dare not speak its name. One big reason it is taboo in liberal circles to associate that word with economic failure is that one Democrat candidate for president is openly an advocate of the unspoken system and most of the rest of the other candidates silently support it. We start with...
  • "America is a bomb waiting to explode"

    10/18/2015 8:56:55 AM PDT · by spodefly · 75 replies
    RT ^ | 18 Oct, 2015 | Sam Gerrans
    The United States is in decline. While not all major shocks to the system will be devastating, when the right one comes along, the outcome may be dramatic. Not all explosives are the same. We all know you have to be careful with dynamite. Best to handle it gently and not smoke while youre around it. Semtex is different. You can drop it. You can throw it. You can put it in the fire. Nothing will happen. Nothing until you put the right detonator in it, that is. To me, the US and most of the supposedly free West...

    10/14/2015 10:33:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2015 | JESSICA WEISS
    On a mild evening in early August, John Pate and Sally Elizabeth Evans' Volkswagen Passat climbs the hills outside the lush Valle Arriba golf club in Caracas. The 70-year-old Pate, a tall, fair-skinned lawyer with red hair, glasses, and a soft face, had just finished his usual Sunday dinner at the club with his 67-year-old girlfriend, a blond with an infectious smile. The sun had already set behind the mountains that surround Venezuela's capital, leaving behind a black sky. In one of the most dangerous cities in the world, it was time to get inside to safety. From the club...
  • Cubans retire to Florida with help from U.S. taxpayers

    10/10/2015 3:43:49 PM PDT · by AU72 · 17 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | Oct. 1, 2015 | Megan O'Matz, Sally Kestin and John Maines
    More Cubans are coming to Florida in their golden years to retire, able to tap U.S. government assistance even though they never lived or worked here. The number of Cubans arriving over the age of 60 grew fivefold since 2010, according to state refugee data. At least 185 made the crossing in their 80s or 90s. Unlike most other immigrants, Cubans qualify immediately for food stamps and Medicaid. If they are over 65 with little or no income, they also can collect a monthly check of up to $733 in Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Golden years: Cubans retire to Florida...
  • Let Them Eat Rocks Suggests Socialist Pig in Venezuela

    10/05/2015 3:53:15 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    thelibertarianrepublic.com ^ | october 5, 2015 | joey clark
    And as bad luck would have it, we have Francisco Rangel, governor of the state of Bolvar, to provided us with an ample example of such absurdity in a single phrase.In response to widespread food shortages across Venezuelaa product of inflationary policies and price controlsRangel hadthis to sayto the struggling Venezuelan people: Let them take away whatever they want. We are capable of eating a stick, or instead of frying two eggs, fry two rocks, and we will eat fried rocks, he said, but no one can beat us. Iwonder if Mr. Rangelhas any intention of following his own...
  • Success or failure (The Economic Fall of Venezuela)

    10/01/2015 8:50:57 AM PDT · by fungoking · 6 replies
    El Univerisal ^ | 9/29/15 | MICHAEL ROWAN
    Success or failure In 1960, Venezuela was one of the ten richest nations on earth with a GDP per capita of $6,000. The two economies I know best are Alaska and Venezuela. Both are oil states but one succeeded grandly while one failed miserably for obvious reasons. In 1960, Venezuela was one of the ten richest nations on earth with a GDP per capita of $6,000. But in 2015, Venezuela's per capita income is still $6,000 which puts it in the bottom third of the 200 nations on earth. In 55 years, Venezuela has no per capita GDP growth. Compare...
  • Fight for Food in Venezuela - Food Shortage in Venezuela [five minute video at a supermarket]

    09/29/2015 11:40:54 PM PDT · by grundle · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 31, 2014
  • OPECs Family Feud

    09/28/2015 5:47:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Hellenic Shipping News ^ | 9/28/2015 | Hellenic Shipping News
    When Venezuelan Oil Minister Juan Pablo Prez Alfonso resigned in 1963, he blasted the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, at the time torn by internal rivalries, for failing to produce any benefits for his country. Half a century later, OPEC is still split and Venezuela is again unhappy, this time at the unwillingness of the organizations top producer, Saudi Arabia, to rescue oil prices from a six-year low thats dragging the battered Venezuelan economy into an even deeper crisis. On Sept. 10, Venezuelas oil minister, Eulogio del Pino, tweeted appeals for OPEC and non-OPEC countries to have a discussion on...
  • Venezuela, Guyana Set to Meet on UN Sidelines on Dispute (Oil discovered)

    09/27/2015 2:47:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 26, 2015 | Ricardo Zuniga, Associated Press
    Guyana's president said Saturday he's willing to meet with Venezuela's leader on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly and the U.N. chief has arranged just that. Ban Ki-moon's Sunday schedule now shows a joint meeting with the two leaders embroiled in a border dispute. But in an interview with The Associated Press, Guyana's President David Granger also reiterated his belief that the International Court of Justice is the only answer to the countries' territorial squabble. Granger said the U.N. court in the Netherlands should mediate the matter. Any attempt by him and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to negotiate...
  • A Real Revolutionary Appears

    09/26/2015 5:06:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    Cuba has got to be one of the most revolutionary places on the planet -- if you're nave enough to believe the official slogans, street signs and the rest of the prolefeed on display in the Castros' crumbling little police state. The old Soviet Union used to be heavy on talk of revolution, too, though most Russians came to realize it was only talk. In the grim, gray reality, Russia was anything but revolutionary. When that evil empire collapsed, so did the empty slogans about revolution, the workers' state and all the rest. Official lies may hold up for a...
  • Pope Francis to Release Pop-Rock Album 'Wake Up!'

    09/25/2015 1:38:23 PM PDT · by detective · 34 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | September 25, 2015 | Daniel Kreps
    As Pope Francis embarks on his historic visit to the United States, His Holiness will spread his message of hope, faith and unity in the form of a prog-rock-infused album titled Wake Up! this November. The Vatican-approved LP, a collaboration with Believe Digital, features the Pontiff delivering sacred hymns and excerpts of his most moving speeches in multiple languages paired with uplifting musical accompaniment ranging from pop-rock to Gregorian chant. Wake Up! arrives November 27th, with the iTunes pre-order now available with an instant download of "Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!," which Rolling Stone is proud to premiere.
  • Dissidents arrested as Pope Francis celebrates his first Mass in Cuba

    09/21/2015 7:01:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 21, 2015 | Nick Squires
    Cuban authorities prevented leading dissidents from meeting Pope Francis in Havana on Sunday, in a sign of the Communist regimes rigid intolerance of political opposition. Two well-known dissidents, Marta Beatriz Roque and Miriam Leiva, had been invited by the Vatican to attend a vespers service led by the Popes in Havanas historic baroque cathedral.
  • Pope Francis meets Fidel Castro live updates

    09/20/2015 11:18:15 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 920/2015
    Live coverage of South American communists.
  • Venezuelan President Debuts the Official Sneaker of Socialism

    09/18/2015 11:28:29 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 13 replies
    Sole Collector ^ | 09/16/2015 | Brendan Dunne
    Venezuelan socialists will no longer be starved for sneaker options thanks to a new piece of footwear unveiled by the country's president, Nicolas Maduro. The video comes from Saturday's grand unveil of the shoes that happened on state television. In it, Maduro calls the shoes "the boots of Bolivarian youth socialism, in reference to the Bolivarian Revolution socialist movement. The sneaker's introduction was part of a speech honoring the country's youth socialist movement. Maduro went so far as to make sure the colorway on these tells a story, as sneaker brands so often do these days. According to him,...
  • Bid To Suspend Venezuela From UN Human Rights Council

    09/11/2015 2:41:37 PM PDT · by OddLane · 7 replies
    UN Watch Blog ^ | September 11, 2015 | UN Watch
    The United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom were asked today to take action at a UN session that opens on Monday to suspend Venezuela from its membership on the world bodys 47-nation Human Rights Council, in reaction to the controversial Caracas verdict of 13 years in jail issued yesterday against opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, and over other gross and systematic violations of human rights. The draft resolution was submitted today to the four influential UNHRC member states by the Geneva-based non-governmental organization UN Watch, which recently invited Mr. Lopezs wife, Lilian Tintori, to address the council. The text...
  • Is OPEC Too Big To Fail? Not Anymore

    09/10/2015 10:11:29 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 10-09-2015 | OPEC collapse
    A lot of people, including several OPEC members, thought the oil slump would be easing by now. Instead, as oil prices languish near multi-year lows and experience unprecedented volatility, its now unclear how long it will take oil prices to recover. Indeed, OPEC now appears poised to wait out the period of low prices even if that takes months or even a couple of years. The fact of the matter is that despite the calls of Venezuela and Algeria, Saudi Arabia and other major OPEC members dont seem too concerned about the current low prices. Venezuela in particular has been...
  • America's Descent Into Lawlessness

    09/10/2015 4:04:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Do you remember Lewis "Scooter" Libby? In 2003, the Department of Justice appointed a special counsel to investigate allegations that Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, unlawfully disclosed the covert status of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Yet Plame may not have been a covert undercover agent, based on the formal government definition of that role. And even if she were, it was widely known at the time that Secretary of State Colin Powell's subordinate, Richard Armitage, had most likely disclosed her status earlier. In other words, Libby was in an Orwellian position of being accused of a crime...
  • Rand Paul's Off GOP Message Again, This Time on Gitmo

    06/08/2015 10:37:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 8, 2015 | Alex Rogers
    If a Republican wins the White House, the military prison at Guantanamo Bay will almost surely be kept open for the foreseeable future. That is, unless Rand Paul nabs the GOP nomination. Yet again, the senator from Kentucky has scouted out a position on a national-security issue that makes him an outlier, at least among senators running for president. That was clear Monday after Marco Rubio introduced two amendments that would extend the use of the prison: one to prohibit funding to programs that would help close the facility, and another that sets a series of tough ground rules before...
  • Media spent 20+ years attacking tobacco; Now praises Obama for letting Cuban cigars in USA

    01/16/2015 5:57:37 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    1/16/15 | sff
    Been looking at some of the coverage today regarding the Obama Regime's efforts to enrich the communist dictators of Cuba. Among other elements happening is the new importation of cigars....and the press certainly seems quite enamored with Obamugabe for this action. Of course we have been subject for DECADES about the EEEVILS of tobacco... If the media were going to be consistent, we would see them ripping Obama for increasing Americans' exposure to such a DEADLY product. I guess ATTACKING AMERICAN TOBACCO companies is okay, while ENRICHING CUBAN DICTATORS who control Cuban tobacco is even better. American tobacco=bad. CUBAN tobacco=good.
  • Marco Rubio takes a shot at Rand Paul over potentially running for Senate and White House

    04/13/2015 2:45:56 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 101 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 13, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., took a shot at Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., when asked about the possibility of running simultaneously for re-election to the Senate and for the presidency in 2016. "If someone decides to run for president of the United States, you run for president of the United States," Rubio said at the National Press Club. "I don't believe you can run effectively for an office of that magnitude while having some exit strategy in mind."
  • Ted Cruz isnt Rand Paul or Marco Rubio. Heres yet another reason why.

    10/21/2013 7:40:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Washington Post - The Fix ^ | October 21, 2013 | Sean Sullivan
    ".............Paul has signaled that if he runs for president in 2016, he wont do it the way his father did, by mostly shunning the GOP establishment. Instead, he is expected to cultivate relationships with Republicans like McConnell, whose help making inroads with establishment donors could be very, very useful. Rubio clearly isnt shunning the establishment, either. He worked on crafting an immigration reform bill earlier this year, something the establishment wing of the party has been clamoring for in the wake of a disappointing election in which Republicans performed poorly among Hispanics. And he didnt hesitate to back McConnell, even...
  • US on Verge of Removing Cuba From List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

    04/10/2015 3:15:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 10, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The United States may be about to remove Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, but some Cuban-Americans see that as a grave mistake. Carlos Eire, the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History & Religious Studies at Yale University and author of a memoir about growing up during the Cuban Revolution, Waiting for Snow in Havana, pointed out that Cuba hashad two illegal arms shipments seized in the past year and a half, one to North Korea, the other to China. In addition, he said: It has deals with Iran (including sending nuclear experts to Iran); It...
  • David Axelrod: Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush can reach into Hispanic community; Rand Paul a wild card

    05/29/2015 6:32:10 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/29/15 | David Sherfinski
    David Axelrod: Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush can reach into Hispanic community; Rand Paul a wild card David Axelrod, one of the chief strategists for President Obamas 2008 election and 2012 re-election campaigns, said Friday that Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stand out in the 2016 GOP field because of their ability to make inroads with Latinos. Mr. Axelrod was asked on MSNBCs Morning Joe if he were advising former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner, which Republican candidates or potential candidates scare him the most. I would say Rubio...
  • Paul: Trade With Cuba 'Probably a Good Idea'

    12/18/2014 9:19:23 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 30 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | DEC 18, 2014, 11:54 A.M. E.S.T.
    WASHINGTON Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that starting to trade with Cuba "is probably a good idea" and that the lengthy economic embargo against the communist island "just hasn't worked." Paul became the first potential Republican presidential candidate to offer some support for President Barack Obama's decision to try to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba. The president's surprise announcement on Wednesday was slammed by several potential GOP candidates, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who said it amounted to appeasing the Castro regime. Paul said in a radio interview with Tom Roten of...
  • McConnell: Im on Team Rubio in regard to Cuba

    12/20/2014 7:33:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 20, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Beginning on Thursday night, a fight erupted on line between Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul over the new diplomatic opening to Cuba. Rubio slammed Paul for his ignorance, while Paul bizarrely accused Rubio of isolationism for opposing Barack Obamas policies. Before that battle began in earnest, I spoke with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a wide-ranging interview about his plans for the 114th Session of Congress. We discussed Cuba, and McConnell made it clear that he was relying on Rubios leadership on the issue which might make for an awkward moment or two between McConnell...
  • LISTEN to Marco Rubios fantastic interview with Mark Levin on Cuba

    12/20/2014 6:32:41 AM PST · by Perdogg · 35 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | 12.19.14
    Marco Rubio was on with Mark Levin tonight to talk Cuba and gave the best interview Ive heard yet on Cuba from anyone. One of my favorite parts was where he listed four of five reasons why Obamas new policy toward Cuba wont help the Cuban people, one being based on how Cubas economy is set up so that 90% of all money in Cuba gets taken by the military because nothing is privately owned. Rubio is really quite impressive in his knowledge of Cuba.
  • Rand Pauls Cluelessness on Cuba

    12/26/2014 8:10:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Now where have we previously heard Senator Rand Pauls clich-fest that constitutes his rebuttal to Senator Marco Rubio on Cuba sanctions? Well, from The Council on Foreign Relations to the New York Times and from Hillary Clinton to The Congressional Black Caucusand thats for starters. And oh, we also heard it repeatedly from every single one of the KGB-trained Cuban spies convicted by U.S. juries recently. The embargo is Castros best friend, Clinton chanted to an extremely friendly audience at the Council on Foreign Relations back in June while citing and promoting her book Hard Choices. The sanctions give Castro...
  • Rand Paul backs Obama on Cuba

    12/18/2014 3:05:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    WDIV-TV / CNN ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jeremy Diamond, CNN
    Sen. Rand Paul broke with the field of Republicans considering a 2016 presidential run on Thursday, calling President Barack Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba a "good idea" since the American embargo against Cuba "just hasn't worked." Paul, a likely presidential candidate, made the remarks in an interview with News Talk 800 WVHU's Tom Roten, just a day after his potential competitors for the Republican nomination -- former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz -- slammed the decision to normalize relations as a dangerous move. Rubio and Cruz are sons of Cuban immigrants. Paul...
  • Rand Paul Breaks With Rubio and Bush Over Cuba

    12/18/2014 6:21:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 77 replies
    NBCNews ^ | December 18, 2014
    Rand Paul Breaks With Rubio and Bush Over Cuba Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is the latest potential presidential candidate to weigh in on policy changes to Cuba and the libertarian leaning Republican's position splits from other Republicans who are also considering a presidential run. Paul told Tom Roten of News Talk 800 in West Virginia that the 50-year embargo "just hasn't worked" and normalizing relations with the island nation is "probably a good idea." "If the goal is regime change, it sure doesn't seem to be working and probably it punishes the people more than the regime because the regime...
  • What on earth is Rand Paul thinking in taking Obamas side against Rubio on Cuba?

    12/20/2014 2:53:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 19, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Noah already wrote a policy rebuttal to Pauls position, which Paul elaborated on this afternoon in a new op-ed at Time. (The op-ed, unlike his tweets, doesnt mention Rubio by name. Although it does approvingly cite George W. Bush?) Anyone want to make the case that the politics of attacking Rubio on this issue were smart, at least? I cant figure out why Rand would do it. When I tweeted out my surprise a few hours ago, a dozen people tweeted back, Maybe Pauls just saying what he really believes. No doubt. But the thing that distinguishes Rand from...
  • Rand Paul spars with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio over Iran and Cuba in Florida summit

    01/26/2015 11:02:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul prefers exhausting diplomatic efforts in dealing with overseas conflicts, and on Sunday he highlighted the difference between his softer approach to foreign policy and that of two other senators who are likely 2016 presidential candidates -- Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The Kentucky Republican joined fellow first-term senators Cruz of Texas and Rubio of Florida on stage Sunday evening in California for a summit organized by Freedom Partners. That group is the central hub of the powerful network of organizations backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch....
  • Rand Paul: Rubios Cuba remarks rude'

    12/21/2014 3:36:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The war of words between two likely 2016 contenders over President Obamas sweeping changes to Cuba policy heated up further on Saturday, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) repeatedly blasting remarks from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) as rude. I never start a fight but I'm happy to finish a fight, Paul told Fox News Channels The Kelly File on Friday. You know, I think the remarks were a little bit rude and intemperate. In an interview on the same show one night prior, Rubio said that Paul who supports President Obamas move to roll back trade and travel restrictions and...
  • Rand Paul Rand-splains Cuba to Marco Rubio [Sides with Obama over Rubio]

    12/19/2014 2:53:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Libertarian icon Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) embarrassed himself on Friday when he took to Twitter to respond to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) who recently insisted that the junior senator from Kentucky “has no idea what he’s talking about” with regards to his support for lifting restrictions on bilateral relations with the Cuban government. By attempting to defend himself, Paul ably proved the Florida senator correct. Paul began… Hey @marcorubio if the embargo doesn't hurt Cuba, why do you want to keep it?— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 19, 2014 And this one got the libertarian supporters cheering in the...
  • Trump backs U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations

    09/08/2015 9:19:34 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 159 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/08/2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Breaking ranks with nearly all of his fellow 2016 Republican contenders, Donald Trump says he supports President Barack Obama's decision to reengage diplomatically with Cuba. "50 years is enough," Trump said in an interview with the Daily Caller published Tuesday, referring to Obama's decision to re-establish U.S. ties with Cuba. "I think it's fine. I think it's fine, but we should have made a better deal," Trump added. "The concept of opening with Cuba is fine." Trump joins libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky as the only Republican running for president to express his support for normalizing relations with Cuba....
  • Maduro: Global Oil Price Should be a Minimum of $70

    09/08/2015 9:11:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 51 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | September 08, 2015 | Reuters
    The global price of oil, which has slid more than half in the last year, should be a minimum $70 per barrel in order for necessary petroleum investments to be maintained, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said. OPEC member Venezuela relies on crude for more than 95 percent of revenues and is one of the worst-hit producers by the fall in prices from more than $100 a year ago. Brent futures were at $48.43 on Tuesday, while U.S. crude was at $45.05 a barrel. "All the big oil investments need, at a minimum, a price of $70 to be sustainable," Maduro...
  • Livid Over Crime, Some Venezuelans Resort To Mob Justice

    09/02/2015 6:02:18 AM PDT · by blam · 34 replies
    Yahoo - Reuters ^ | Alexandra Ulmer and Diego Or
    By Alexandra Ulmer and Diego Or September 2, 2015 VALENCIA/CARACAS (Reuters) - When a man they believed to be a thief sneaked into their parking lot in the Venezuelan city of Valencia, angry residents caught him, stripped him and beat him with fists, sticks and stones. They tied him up and doused him in gasoline, according to witnesses, in one of what rights groups and media reports say are an increasing number of mob beatings and lynchings in a country ravaged by crime. That August night, as locals say is common, three people had sneaked into Valencia's Kerdell residential block....
  • Venezuela Says China to Give $5 Billion Oil Loan

    09/02/2015 4:58:55 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 1, 2015 | Associated Press
    Venezuelas government, facing a cash crunch amid a slump in oil prices, signed a deal to receive a $5 billion loan from China, President Nicols Maduro said Tuesday. The funds will go to increase oil production in Venezuela in the coming months, Mr. Maduro said without offering more details during an address from China that was broadcast on Venezuelan state television. Support from Beijingwhich also renewed a separate $5 billion loan to Venezuela earlier this yearmay offer some relief to bond markets, where Venezuelas debt securities are rated among the worlds riskiest. Wall Street analysts say the country could default...
  • Woman, 80, trampled to death in Venezuelan supermarket stampede

    08/31/2015 6:28:13 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 134 replies
    An 80-year-old Venezuelan woman died, possibly from trampling, in a scrum outside a state supermarket selling subsidized goods, the opposition and media said on Friday. The melee at the store in Sabaneta, the birthplace of former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, was the latest such incident in the South American nation where economic hardship and food shortages are creating long queues and scuffles. The opposition Democratic Unity coalition said Maria Aguirre died and another 75 people were injured including five security officials in chaotic scenes when National Guard troops sought to control a 5,000-strong crowd with teargas. Due to...