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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Fourth Amendment says Obama is not at liberty to collect metadata
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Venezuelan Government
Vice President Nicolas Maduro surprised Venezuelans with a Christmas Eve announcement that President Hugo Chavez is up and walking two weeks after cancer surgery in Cuba, but the news did little to ease uncertainty surrounding the leader's condition.
The studios of the Venezuelan television channel RCTV used to be filled with thousands of actors, production assistants and other employees.
The feisty chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee denounced a special U.N. meeting as a "dictatorfest" after she learned that some of the world's most authoritarian regimes planned to defend Venezuela's human rights record.
President Hugo Chavez's government is likely to spend heavily this year to rev up the economy during his re-election bid, and that could worsen one of Venezuela's biggest problems: 27 percent annual inflation that is already close to the highest in the world.
The Obama administration is expelling Venezuela's consul general in Miami after allegations surfaced that she discussed possible cyberattacks on U.S. soil while she was stationed at her country's embassy in Mexico.
President Obama criticized the Venezuelan government's rights record and its ties to Iran and Cuba in comments to a Venezuelan newspaper.
The article on the upcoming Venezuelan elections ("Chavez foe says court ruling won't deter his bid for office," World, Wednesday) highlights problems faced by opposition candidates in Venezuela, including persecution and sabotage by the Venezuelan government.
The Obama administration revoked the visa of the Venezuelan ambassador to the United States on Wednesday in a tit-for-tat diplomatic response to Venezuela's rejection of the U.S. choice to be the next envoy to the South American country.
A former scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and his wife have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person they believed to be a Venezuelan government official and conspiring to participate in the development of an atomic weapon for Venezuela, the Justice Department said on Friday.
Four Venezuelans and a Uruguayan national living in the United States were indicted yesterday in Miami in a scheme to illegally influence the Argentine presidential elections in October by hiding the source of an $800,000 campaign donation to Argentina's new president.
Freedom of the press died in Venezuela on May 27, 2007, when self-declared communist President Hugo Chavez shut down Radio Caracas Television (RCTV), one of the oldest and largest networks in the country and one of the last remaining independent stations in Venezuela.
SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Venezuela's new government-run Social Television (TVes) channel, created by President Hugo Chavez to replace the independent RCTV that he closed last week, has pulled a Miami-produced program off the air under threat of being sued for piracy.