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Venezuela’s Maduro says will veto amnesty laws, reshuffle cabinet

CARACAS Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced an imminent cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday after his ruling Socialist Party was crushed in legislative elections, but he vowed to veto opposition plans for an amnesty law for jailed politicians.

Current National Assembly head Diosdado Cabello added that the government would appoint 12 new supreme court judges, among other “tasks,” before Dec 31.

The new legislature, two-thirds of which will be made up of opposition politicians, is set to begin work in January.

Venezuela’s government was stunned by Sunday’s elections, winning just 55 seats against the opposition’s 112 and losing control of the National Assembly for the first time since former President Hugo Chavez took office in 1999.

One of the opposition’s main aims in the new legislature is to secure the release of jailed politicians, most notably Leopoldo Lopez who was imprisoned for leading anti-government protests in 2014 that triggered violence leading to more than 40 deaths.

Maduro, though, was defiant during a three-hour television appearance on Tuesday night.

“I will not accept any amnesty law, because they violated human rights,” Maduro said. “They can send me a thousand laws but the murderers have to be prosecuted and have to pay.”

Venezuela’s opposition urged Maduro earlier on Tuesday to stop making excuses for his candidates’ defeat and instead urgently tackle food shortages and free the jailed politicians.

The worst economic crisis in the OPEC country’s recent history has Venezuelan staples including flour, milk, meat and beans running scarce. Shortages are particularly bad for the poor and beyond the capital, Caracas, with shoppers lining up for hours hoping a delivery truck will arrive.

“We urge the government to stop crying and start working,” Democratic Unity coalition leader Jesus Torrealba told a news conference under a sign reading: “Thank you Venezuela, we won!”

The government boosted imports in the run-up to the election, but overall shipments have tumbled this year because of a recession and low oil prices, with many economists warning the scarcity may worsen over Christmas.

“We’re just a few weeks away from a very serious problem in terms of food,” Torrealba said.

Anger over shortages propelled the opposition to a long-elusive victory in Sunday’s vote for a new National Assembly.

The coalition even swept traditional bastions of “Chavismo,” the movement named after former President Hugo Chavez, including the Caracas slums and Chavez’s home state of Barinas.

New legislators plan to launch investigations into corruption and pressure the government into publishing economic data such as inflation, which have not been divulged in a year.

Despite an overwhelming mandate for change, there is little the new opposition-controlled legislature will be able to do about unwieldy currency and price controls, which are a major factor in the economic problems.


The opposition has clinched 112 seats in the National Assembly to the Socialists’ 55, the National Electoral Council’s website confirmed on Tuesday night. (goo.gl/zTTHoc)

That supermajority of two-thirds gives the opposition a strong platform to challenge the broadly unpopular Maduro.

Sunday’s defeat has not prompted a mea culpa from the government or promises of substantial reform, although Maduro is facing heat from dissenting factions within his own coalition, once united in devotion to Chavez.

“The bad guys won,” Maduro said on Tuesday night.

A senior government representative who asked not to be named acknowledged the election result was a clear signal for Maduro, adding there needed to be profound discussion and change within the government or it will face very serious trouble.

Maduro has said the Socialist Party will hold an “extraordinary congress” and established commissions to “evaluate the situation and emerge with concrete proposals,” suggesting some soul-searching is in store.

During his Tuesday night program, Maduro announced an imminent Cabinet reshuffle, although he gave no details.

He and his top officials continue to blame an “economic war” for confusing Venezuelans, describe the opposition as a “counter-revolutionary” force, and warn disenchanted former supporters they will regret their vote.

Maduro has said the opposition is a U.S.-backed elite who would snatch government-provided houses and subsidized food from the poor.

State television, which largely blocks out opposition rallies and news conferences, has since Sunday minimized coverage of the election, instead broadcasting Chavez speeches, sports and features on the government’s social projects.

“This government does not understand that it lost, nor the magnitude of what is at stake,” opposition activist Maria Corina Machado said.

(Additional reporting by Marianna Parraga, Deisy Buitrago and Corina Pons; Editing by Peter Cooney and Richard Pullin)

Agen Sabung Ayam

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate passes symbolic Obamacare repeal, assuring veto

(In Dec three item, corrects Senate Budget Committee chairman’s first name in paragraph eight)

By David Lawder

WASHINGTON Dec 3 Soon after 5 years of failed attempts, U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday passed a symbolic partisan bill to gut President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law, but the work has already been condemned to death by Obama’s plans to veto it.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 52-47 to repeal many core Obamacare provisions under unique price range procedural guidelines that enable for passage with a basic majority.

Two moderate Republican senators, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Susan Collins of Maine, joined 44 Democrats and 1 independent in opposing the measure. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, who is searching for the Democratic presidential nomination, did not vote.

Democrats in the Senate have blocked some 61 previous Republican attempts aimed at rolling back the landmark 2010 legislation designed to provide well being care for millions of uninsured Americans.

The bill seeks to phase out a significant expansion of Medicaid healthcare rewards for the poor below the law and eradicate wellness insurance coverage subsidies and taxes on health-related devices and higher-cost plans supplied by employers.

It also seeks to deny funding to women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood, which Republicans have been trying to punish for months more than accusations that it illegally sold tissue from aborted fetuses. The group denies the allegations.

The vote provides Republicans their first true opportunity of placing an Obamacare repeal bill onto the president’s desk, which would enable them to make campaign claims that they lastly passed legislation to kill the system.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi mentioned in debate that Obamacare was “unworkable, unaffordable and much more unpopular than ever. For millions of Americans the law nowadays represents nothing at all far more than broken promises, higher fees and fewer options.”

Republicans lack the two-thirds majority necessary to override the promised veto by Obama.

The legislation nonetheless needs a vote in the House of Representatives, as it differs from a Residence version passed in October that concentrated on repealing the law’s mandates for individuals to get overall health insurance coverage and for bigger companies to provide well being plans to workers.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, asked if the chamber would just take up the Senate bill, said: “Why wouldn’t we?”

The vote comes at a time when some plans sold through Obamacare insurance exchanges have been struggling with weak enrollment, larger-than-expected health-related fees and increased premiums. (Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Leslie Adler)

Agen Sabung Ayam – Residence Approves Tougher Refugee Screening, Defying Veto Threat

Agen Sabung Ayam

WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to slap stringent — and challenging to implement — new screening procedures on refugees from Syria searching for resettlement, seizing on the fear stemming from the Paris attacks and threatening to cloud President Obama’s Middle East policy.

The bill, which passed 289 to 137with practically 50 Democrats supporting it, would call for that the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the secretary of the Division of Homeland Security and the director of national intelligence confirm that every single applicant from Syria and Iraq poses no threat, a demand the White Home named “untenable.” The measure received significant assistance from Democrats, even right after administration officials implored them to abandon the measure on Thursday morning.

The Senate is expected to take up the measure following the Thanksgiving recess, but its fate in that chamber is unclear.

“Our duty is to safeguard the American folks,” said Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the majority leader. The Home measure, he mentioned, “increases the requirements to hold those who want to do us harm out.”

Graphic | Paris Attacks Intensify Debate More than How A lot of Syrian Refugees to Let Into the U.S. A developing quantity of governors stated they oppose the entry of Syrian refugees into their states.

The reputation of the measure in Congress comes as lawmakers in each parties refuse Mr. Obama’s request for an explicit authorization of force against the Islamic State, underscoring the complicated and polarized politics in the era of terror.

The White House, in promising to veto the bill, repeatedly mentioned it would undermine American leadership in a region where Republicans have stated it is lacking, and would undercut Washington’s ability to command a coalition against the security threats in Syria.

Halfway across the globe on a diplomatic mission to Asia, Mr. Obama fed the tensions with members of Congress and presidential candidates by belittling their issues, lashing out at them for becoming insensitive and condemning the suggestion that only Christian refugees, not Muslims, ought to be let in.

On Thursday, Denis McDonough, the White Property chief of staff, and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson raced to the Capitol Hill to talk to Home Democrats, who had grow to be increasingly concerned about the politics of voting against the measure.

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Speaking following a meeting on Thursday with Justin Trudeau, Canada’s new prime minister, Mr. Obama insisted that refugees have been subjected to “the most rigorous vetting approach that we have for anyone who is admitted.” He stated the process of screening a prospective refugee takes up to two years and consists of background checks by the national counterterrorism center, the F.B.I. and the Defense Department.

“That somehow they pose a much more substantial threat than all the vacationers who pour into the United States every single day just doesn’t jive with reality,” he stated.

Traveling in Asia with Mr. Obama, White Residence aides on Thursday scrambled to offer particulars about the vetting process for Syrian refugees in an work to head off criticism and action in Congress. Josh Earnest, the president’s press secretary, referred to as the interest of governors and other folks to comprehend the approach was “entirely reputable.”

Mr. Earnest stated refugees applying for asylum undergo background checks that gather “biographic and biometric” info, and must submit to an in-person interview.

He said the information is screened by international law enforcement agencies like Interpol in addition to American intelligence agencies. Benjamin J. Rhodes, Mr. Obama’s deputy national safety adviser, stated he doubted that Islamic State terrorists would danger going via that two-year procedure in order to enter the United States. But Mr. Obama and his aides also hinted that they had been caught off guard by the uproar more than refugees.

Many Democrats attempted to support Mr. Obama and his system on the Home floor. “We should preserve in mind that our nation was founded by immigrants and has historically welcomed refugees when there is suffering about the globe,” stated Representative John Conyers of Michigan, the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary committee.

“Rather than shutting our doors to these desperate males, females and kids who are risking their lives to escape death and torture in their homelands, we ought to operate to utilize our immense sources and good intentions of our citizens to welcome them,” he added.

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