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Will Venezuela’s Military Back — Or Abandon — Maduro? Here Are The 4 Things It Will Consider.

quoting Bruce Bueno de Mesquitavia Washington Post
Friday, February 1, 2019

Can Nicolás Maduro hold on to power in Venezuela? That may turn largely on whether the military will stand by him. At Slate, political scientists Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith argue the Venezuelan military will remain loyal as long as Maduro “can credibly promise to continue to pay his generals.”

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Will Maduro Fall? It Depends Who’s Getting Paid.

by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smithvia Slate
Friday, January 25, 2019

Venezuela’s embattled president will survive as long as he can keep the men with guns happy.

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Area 45: Venezuela On The Brink With Markos Kounalakis

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia Area 45
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Markos Kounalakis analyzes the Trump Administration’s response to the constitutional crisis in Venezuela.

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Are There Limits on Emergency Powers? With John Yoo and Richard Epstein

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, January 25, 2019

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Richard Epstein and John Yoo deconstruct presidential powers concerning the government shutdown, the Mueller investigation, and the potential for impeachment by the Democrat-controlled House.

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With Juan Guaidó Seizing The Presidency, Venezuela’s ‘Latin Spring’ Is Heating Up

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Arab Spring, move aside. Latin Spring is now blossoming, and if all goes well, it will be less bloody and a lot more successful at ousting corrupt leaders and promoting homegrown democratically elected representatives than the Middle East revolutions.

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Area 45: The Lowdown On The Shutdown With David Brady

interview with David Bradyvia Area 45
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Has the Shutdown which is based on funding for the border wall hurt or helped President Trump’s popularity?

The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson:
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The Classicist: Immigration, Assimilation, And The Wall

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Why tougher immigration enforcement would lead to more diversity.

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The Libertarian: Emergency Powers And The Presidency

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Can President Trump act on immigration without Congress?

Analysis and Commentary

About That Cuban Life Expectancy

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, December 31, 2018

Cuban health statistics appear to be a paradox. Wealth and health are correlated because greater wealth can buy better health care. Yet, Cuba remains desperately poor and appears to be healthy. Cuban life expectancies of 79.5 years and infant mortality rates of 4.3 per 1000 live births (2015) compare well with rich nations like the USA (78.7 years and 5.7 per 1, 000 live births) yet its per capita income of 7602.3$ make it one of the poorest economies in the hemisphere (World Development Indicators DataBank, 2017).

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Panel Talks Digital Economy, Drug Violence In Latin America At Hoover Event

quoting George P. Shultzvia Stanford Daily
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

On Monday, the Hoover Institution held a panel discussion on Latin America’s upcoming governance challenges as a part of its series “Governance in an Emerging World.” The event focused on demographic shifts, the digital economy and drug violence and highlighted the potential for privately-funded, micro-level solutions in meeting government service delivery.

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