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Opposition claims fraud after Venezuela vote 6 MIN, 9 SEC

Yesterday's election in Venezuela brought more deadly street violence, while polling sites were quiet. The opposition claims just 15 percent of voters turned out, but the government says it was 41 percent. The results are a likely step toward the world's newest dictatorship. Andrew Rosati, who is in Caracas for Bloomberg News, updates the boycott, violence and possible impact of the Trump administration's threat of new sanctions.

Guests:
Andrew Rosati, Bloomberg (@andrewrosati)

More:
US Treasury sanctions President Maduro

Politics and the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender Americans 33 MIN, 8 SEC

During last year's campaign, Donald Trump promised to be a fighter for the LGBT community. As President, he has other ideas. Last week, he shocked the Pentagon with a tweet saying transgender people should be banned from the military — including thousands already serving. That same day, his Justice Department argued in court that federal law does not protect gays and lesbians from being fired because of sexual orientation. It's an issue that goes back to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and it may be on its way to the US Supreme Court.

Guests:
Chris Geidner, BuzzFeed News (@chrisgeidner)
William Olson, attorney (@Olsonlaw)
Brian Soucek, University of California, Davis (@BRSoucek)
Sue Fulton, LGBT advocate (@suefulton)

More:
Politico on Trump's snap decision to ban transgender troops
RAND on the implications of allowing transgender personnel to serve openly
Soucek on Hively v. Ivy Tech
Olson on Zarda v. Altitude Express

Can a new chief-of-staff rein in Trump? 9 MIN, 50 SEC

Last week, former Marine General John Kelly was Secretary of Homeland Security. But Friday, he was named White House Chief-of-Staff. Today, he was sworn in to replace Reince Priebus, and President Trump expressed high expectations.

Now, Kelly has taken his first action – to remove Anthony Scaramucci as President Trump's director of communications. Chris Whipple, author of The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency, calls Kelly's first action is surprising – and encouraging.

Guests:
Chris Whipple, journalist and documentary filmmaker (@ccwhip)

The Gatekeepers

Chris Whipple

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