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.
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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.
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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.
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On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
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