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Venezuelan Government Repression Continues a Month After Opposition Leader's Arrest

One month after Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro arrested Popular Will opposition party leader Leopoldo López for leading a protest against the government's socialist policies, Venezuelan protesters plan a day of marches and demands for justice after hundreds have been arrested and the death toll climbs to 29. Mar 18, 2014 10:41 AM PT

LA Catholic Delegation Heads to Vatican to Lobby Pope on Immigration Reform

A large group of Los Angeles residents have organized a trip to Vatican City to urge Pope Francis to advocate for legalizing illegal immigrants in the United States. The group will bring two children with them to tell the stories of how their parents illegally entered the country and were detained. Mar 18, 2014 2:21 AM PT

Venezuelan President Issues Ration Cards, Orders Military Raid on Opposition Square

The streets of every major city in Venezuela continue to be war zones as President Nicolás Maduro escalates the military repression of opposition protesters looking for an escape from socialist dictatorship. After announcing a new "e-card" to ration goods, Maduro sent the military into the capital of Caracas to beat and arrest dissidents. Mar 17, 2014 3:29 PM PT

Former Georgian Premier: If West Had Helped Me, 'Ukraine Would Never Have Happened'

President Mikheil Saakashvili sees many parallels between the current situation in Crimea and his own war with Vladimir Putin in 2008, when the Russian premier whittled away at Georgia's breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In a column for The Guardian, Saakashvili warns the West that Putin will not stop in Ukraine. Mar 17, 2014 12:40 PM PT

NYT Fawns Over De Blasio TV Cameo While Mayor Loses Big on Pre-K Tax on Wealthy

This was yet another weekend of failures for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, but you would never know it from reading the New York Times. While the mayor lost his bid to raise taxes on wealthy New Yorkers to fund a universal pre-K program, the Times wants us all to know that he made a cameo on the show The Good Wife. Mar 17, 2014 12:14 PM PT

LA Times Calls for Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Retire Now to Ensure a Liberal Replacement

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turned 81 on Saturday and remains one of the strongest voices on the court for liberal judicial thought. That did not deter one LA Times columnist from using her birthday to remind people that she is old and argue she should sacrifice her career to give President Obama one last Supreme Court pick. Mar 17, 2014 11:29 AM PT

US Frustrated as Malaysia Rejects Help From FBI in Finding Plane

China's frustration with the Malaysian government over failed attempts to find missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are well known, but more than a week into the search, they are no longer alone. U.S. officials tell the New York Times that they are frustrated Malaysia has not asked the FBI to contribute more to the search. Mar 17, 2014 9:52 AM PT

Malaysia Plane Mystery: Pilot Spoke with Airport After Transponder Shut Down

As the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continues, investigators have collected a series of concerning clues regarding pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah. The UK Mirror claims his family moved out of his home the day before the flight, while Malaysian authorities now say Zaharie spoke to them after communication shut down. Mar 16, 2014 12:05 PM PT

Study: Top Donor Groups Mostly Fund Democratic Campaigns

A study of donations that corporations have made to political candidates in the last 25 years finds that most of the groups at the top of the list either exclusively fund Democrats or are mostly left-leaning. Mar 14, 2014 7:59 PM PT

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