John Sexton

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Images of Today's Protests in Venezuela

President Maduro attempted to dampen protests his week by extending the Carnival holiday to include Thursday and Friday. But thousands of protesters went into the streets anyway. What follows are some images that appeared on Twitter today: Feb 27, 2014 3:26 PM PT

Video: Venezuelan Police Officer Beats Woman Protester with Metal Helmet

A video posted to You Tube yesterday shows the kind of violence against protesters that is becoming more common in Venezuela. A member of a riot police squad in Valencia first sits on the chest of a young woman, trapping her hands, then removes her own helmet to beat the young woman in the face with it. Feb 26, 2014 11:42 AM PT

Venezuela's Real Inflation Rate May Be Much Higher Than 56 Percent

One of the major factors driving protests in Venezuela is the high rate of inflation which means the purchasing power of the Bolivar has dropped substantially. Currently inflation is 3-4 percent per month, which works out to an annual rate of 56 percent. That's the highest rate in South America, but Prof. Steve Hanke of Johns Hopkins and the Cato Institute thinks the real rate may be considerably higher. Feb 26, 2014 10:20 AM PT

Obamacare Enrolls 4 Million (with an asterisk)

Four million people have now enrolled in private health plans under Obamacare according to President Obama. There is still an asterisk on that number as it includes hundreds of thousands of people who insurers report did not pay a premium by January deadlines. Feb 25, 2014 4:48 PM PT

Documents Reveal Obamacare Exchanges Had 'High Risk' Cybersecurity

The White House may have been lucky that so few of the Obamacare exchanges worked last October. Newly revealed documents show that CMS staffers were aware of security flaws which made connecting them to federal databases a "high risk" proposition at the time. Feb 25, 2014 2:56 PM PT

Sen. Marco Rubio on Cuba, Venezuela and the Death of Genesis Carmona

Monday Senator Marco Rubio delivered a blockbuster speech on political repression in Cuba and Venezuela which touched on recent events including the death of 22-year-old Genesis Carmona. The speech makes him the most outspoken U.S. politician on the subject of the ongoing Venezuelan crisis. Feb 25, 2014 10:11 AM PT

Man Who Carried Fatally Injured Beauty Queen Says Chavistas Shot Her

The young man who carried injured beauty queen Genesis Carmona to the hospital on the back of a motorcycle disputes the government's claim that she was shot by a fellow protester. He says the shots came from a group of armed men on motorcycles who were clearly government supporters known as Chavistas. Feb 24, 2014 12:24 PM PT

Cuba's Role in Stifling Venezuelan Opposition

President Nicolas Maduro's ability to maintain control in Venezuela comes down to his internal intelligence network which keeps an eye and a lid on dissent. That network is heavily assisted by experts sent over from Cuba. Feb 24, 2014 11:02 AM PT


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