By the time the Hall of Fame came to grips with the issue of how to present Latino baseball, there were already seven Hispanic players in Cooperstown (eight if you include Ted Williams)–Martin Dihigo, Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Rod Carew, Luis Aparicio, Juan Marichal and Tony Perez—with more on the way. Catcher Ivan Rodriguez, shortstop, Read More
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez died today after a long battle with cancer, according to Vice President Nicolas Maduro. He was 58-years-old. His last tweet was on February 18th.
In a development that will surely make no one nervous about the future plans of U.S. foes, the Obama administration has expelled Venezuela’s consul general in Miami over alleged discussions of cyber-attacks against the United States. Diplomat Livia Acosta Noguera was declared persona non grata by the State Department on Sunday and must return to Venezuela by Tuesday.
Acosta was targeted after the FBI began investigating statements made in a Univision documentary broadcast in December.
Last week Barack Obama retired Larry Palmer of his duties as ambassador to Venezuela after President Hugo Chávez disapproved of the selection.
Why did El Jefe say adios to the longtime American diplomat? He didn’t have that Hollywood wattage, baby! When the U.S. chooses an envoy to Chávez’s personal plaything of a South American nation, Read More
Few aspects of American politics are as ridiculous and dangerous as the right-wing urge to substitute macho posturing for foreign policy. That irrepressible habit surfaces constantly now that President Obama is in the Oval Office, most recently when he shook hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez at the Summit of the Americas, a smiling moment Read More
An unholy alliance has emerged between Barack Obama, Hugo Chavez, Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh. The Fox News Channel is probably involved, too.
O.K., so they didn't all sit down at a conference table and hash out some kind of a formal agreement (at least I don't think they did), but watching this past weekend's Read More
How much worse can things get for journalists?
Newspapers and magazines are closing; the ones that remain grow thinner by the week as if somehow cursed; freelance budgets are being slashed and staffers accustomed to taking it easy are being forced to write like their livelihoods depend on it. (Hint: They do.) The Read More
Here’s a clip of Michael Bloomberg not talking about Hugo Chavez’s successful effort in Venezuela to get rid of term limits.
The reporter posing the question is Erin Einhorn of the Daily News.
It’s been a busy week for Sean Penn. In theaters, the actor is generating Oscar buzz for his starring role in Milk and on the newsstand, he wrote the cover story for The Nation. If the Mr. Penn has his way, he just might bring an end to the U.S. embargo on Cuba. Read More
David Yassky spoke about his amendment to put the issue of extending term limits before the voters by creating a charter revision commission to put the issue on the ballot as early as February.
Yassky said changing term limits legislatively could “squander” public support heading into a fiscal crisis when city government will Read More