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US Backs Coup in Oil-Rich Venezuela, Right-Wing Opposition Plans Mass Privatization and Hyper-Capitalism (Jimmy)

The author writes, “The US has effectively declared a coup in Venezuela. Trump recognized unelected right-wing opposition leader Juan Guaidó as new ‘president,” who plans mass privatization and neoliberal capitalist policies.”

Make Government Shutdowns Impossible Again (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Perusing the list of previous shutdowns, one notices an interesting fact: They have all happened since 1980. Was there something that prevented shutdowns before — and could they somehow be made impossible again? The answer is yes on both counts. This should be a top priority for Democrats if they manage to win in 2020.”

Emergency Declared Near Portland for Measles Outbreak in Anti-Vaccine Hotspot (Reader Luke)

The author writes, “Health officials in Clark County, Washington, have declared a public health emergency for a measles outbreak in an area with a high rate of unvaccinated children. As of Tuesday January 22, officials tallied 23 confirmed cases in the county, which is just north of Portland, Oregon.”

Political Shifts, Sales Slump Cast Shadow Over Gun Industry (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “When gunmakers and dealers gather this week in Las Vegas for the industry’s largest annual conference, they will be grappling with slumping sales and a shift in politics that many didn’t envision two years ago when gun-friendly Donald Trump and a GOP-controlled Congress took office.”