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This Is Not the Time for Dialogue,’ Says Venezuela’s Juan Gaudio (Dan)

Venezuela’s self-declared president, Juan Gaudio, has warned his international backers against any negotiated settlements with the country’s current president, Nicolas Maduro.

Is the Mainstream Press After Tulsi Gabbard? (Dan)

NBC News recently published an article highlighting Kremlin ties to Democratic presidential primary candidate Tulsi Gabbard. But the firm they used to denote the connection were recently discredited for interfering in Alabama’s special election.

Amazon Forced to Pull Products in India as New Rules Bite (Chris)

The author writes, “[New] rules prevent online retailers from selling products through vendors in which they hold an equity stake. The regulations are expected to have a far-reaching impact on India’s e-commerce sector, which has drawn billions in foreign investment.”

As California Wildfires Grew, So Did PG&E Lobbying Spending (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “An end-of-the-year bump put PG&E among the top lobbying spenders of the last legislative session, according to disclosures filed Thursday.”

Northam Imbroglio Suggests a #MeToo Moment on Race Has Arrived (Russ)

The author writes, “Many of [Ralph] Northam’s longtime friends and erstwhile allies … dismissed his pleas for patience and called on him to step aside over a racist photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. The speed and intensity with which they did so reflects some of the ways that the political culture, nationally and in the South specifically, is changing.”

Whistleblower’ in White House Security Clearance Office Gets Suspended (Reader Don)

From NBC News: “A White House security specialist has been suspended without pay for defying her supervisor Carl Kline, less than a week after NBC News reported Kline approved Jared Kushner for top secret clearance over the objections of career staff.”