The Monday Catchup



Good morning! Here’s the news you may have missed:

The Lead Story: Nicholas Maduro has won the Venezuelan Presidential Election by a narrow margin, only garnering 50.8% of the vote.

Everything Else:

The first details from the forthcoming immigration bill.

The U.S. and Japan are urging North Korea to come to the table to talk.

Kenyon Alum Jonathan Winters passed away over the weekend after a storied career.

After hunger strikes, detainees at Guantanamo Bay have attempted to revolt against guards.

In a tradition unlike any other, Adam Scott (not the actor) beat out Angel Cabrera in a playoff at the Masters.  He is the first Australian to wear the green jacket.

The Long Read: A profile on Charles Cullen, one of America’s most notorious serial killers, and his attempt to donate his kidneys.

The Weather: The fine weather is back with highs in the 70s all week, with a few pesky storms here and there.

5 responses

  1. Heads up, Thrill, before you engage in that soft imperialism unfortunately so common in American media when it comes to covering Venezuelan politics: Nicholas Maduro won, as you say, “only” a “narror margin” of votes with 50.8%, yet for comparison, in our own “functioning” democracy Barack Obama won with a “mandate” of 51.1% (I’d be willing to bet a higher percentage of Venezeulans showed up to vote than USA-ers, too).

    • capriles and supporters are refusing to accept the results and are calling for a recount. maduro was handpicked by chavez. this was a close election.

      • As close as the USA–which unlike Venezuela, did not allow outside observers to come in and make sure everything was as regular as it should have been. So what if Maduro was handpicked by Chavez? Chavez, who survived a number of CIA-orchestrated coup attempts, is dead and did not vote. The people of Venezuela did vote and the USA needs to understand that this, and not decade-long trillion dollar occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, is actual democracy. Long live the Bolivarian Revolution and may the Yanqui pendejos (as Chavez was fond of referring to George Bush) loosen their chains on Latin America. No more coups like in Guatemala in 1954, no more Bay of Pigs, no more Pinochets, no more dead liberation theologists, and leave Evo Morales’ water alone!

  2. yes it is true that chavez is dead and did not vote, but to minimize the influence that his legacy had on this election is frankly, ridiculous. maduro, who by some accounts (yes, american media) was a dud candidate who had none of chavez’s swagger. what maduro did have was the commander’s blessing.

    in the last presidential election (between chavez and capriles) capriles got much more support and fought a much closer race than was expected. this election was even closer. chavez’s administration was not particularly known for its tolerance of free political association. if the election was truly fair/open, then i offer my sincerest congratulations to maduro. i think, however, that there is reasonable room for speculation on the validity of this election.

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