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Pence Urges Venezuelans to Rally Around Opposition Leader Against Dictator Maduro

Vice President Mike Pence expressed solidarity with the Venezuelan people and support for opposition leader Juan Guaido against authoritarian Nicolas Maduro in a new video released Tuesday.

Guaido heads the democratically-elected National Assembly and will lead massive protests on Wednesday in hopes of unseating Maduro, the socialist strongman who has presided over economic ruin and brazen human rights violations in Venezuela.

In a video posted to social media, Pence introduced himself by saying “Hola,” the Spanish word for hello.

Death Café Society

When winter storms cover Takoma, Washington, D.C., the neighborhood looks like a snow globe flipped on its head. And death lurks everywhere: in the funeral home on the corner, in the novels stacked in the bookstore—but especially in the conversations at the two-story arts center where tonight, Death Café hosts its first 2019 event in D.C.

“Welcome,” Sarah Farr, the event leader, tells me as I enter. “You’re the first one. Would you like some tea and cookies?”

Newsom’s New ‘Water Tax’ Poses Test for California GOP

California Republicans are gearing up to target several vulnerable Democratic state legislators in an effort to block Democratic governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed new tax on drinking water.

In his budget blueprint released two weeks into his tenure as governor, Newsom said he planned to create a “safe and affordable drinking water fund,” to help poor communities clean up contaminated water systems.

Trump: Sarah Sanders Rarely Does Briefings Because the Press Is Rude

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that his press secretary rarely conducts press briefings anymore because he told her not to bother, citing the “rudeness” of the media.

While White House press briefings were a near-daily occurrence on weekdays during Obama administration, they have become increasingly rare under Trump and his chief spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders.

Sanders last conducted a briefing on Dec. 18, 2018, and she has only held five since the beginning of September, according to an archive of White House briefing transcripts.

Sacramento Bee: Harris Faces ‘Tough Questions’ on Prosecutor Past, Is Trump-Like in Denial of Inner Circle’s Wrongdoing

The Sacramento Bee editorial board had tough words for Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) in the aftermath of her announced presidential run, saying she faces difficult questions about her past in law enforcement and comparing her to President Donald Trump at one point.

Ocasio-Cortez Calls Existence of Billionaires ‘Immoral’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) called the existence of billionaires “immoral” during a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event.

During a Monday event at New York City’s Riverside Church, the Atlantic‘s Ta-Nehisi Coates asked Ocasio-Cortez about whether it is right for billionaires to be billionaires. “Do we live in a moral world that allows for billionaires? Is that a moral outcome, in and of itself?” Coates asked.

Supreme Court Lets Trump Transgender Troop Restrictions Take Effect

By Andrew Chung

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday let President Donald Trump enforce his policy barring certain transgender people from joining or staying in the military as the justices put on hold lower court rulings blocking the plan on constitutional grounds.

The conservative-majority granted the Trump administration’s request to lift injunctions issued by federal judges against the policy while a legal challenge continues in lower courts.