Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has sent troops into the streets, clamped down on the press and sidestepped Congress to intensify what he calls the war against the “parasitic bourgeoisie” ahead of local elections.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner rarely casts floor votes, following his office’s tradition. When the Ohio Republican has voted this year, Arizona Democrat Ron Barber sided with him more often than not, while Republican Walter Jones of North Carolina usually didn’t.
A requirement of President Barack Obama’s health-care law that group insurance plans cover contraceptives may violate religious freedom, a U.S. appeals court said, widening a split among the circuits and making it more probable the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue.
Reggaeton star El Potro enters the stage. Tonight, the singer who married two Miss Venezuelas won’t perform his number-one hit “Bla Bla Bla.” He stands beside President Nicolas Maduro and asks for votes to further the late Hugo Chavez’s revolution as the local mayor.
Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese lawyer and human-rights activist, is joining the Witherspoon Institute, a research center that says it works to enhance public understanding of the moral foundations of free and democratic societies.