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Today in the corporate media, Venezuela’s economic problems are used to paint the country as a failed state, in need of foreign-backed regime change.

To get the Bolivarian government’s side of the crisis, Abby Martin interviews Venezuela’s Minister of Economic Planning, Ricardo Menéndez. They discuss shortages, oil dependency, the role of the US-backed opposition movement and more.

The Empire Files joined him in Cojedes, Venezuela, where he was speaking to mass community meetings, organizing the population to fight against what he calls an economic war.

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“If you don’t have your brain, you can never change your mind.”

Those words were said to me last night by my wife Ginger and they ignited my memories and thoughts.

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Truthdig Editor-in-Chief, Robert Scheer talks with Oliver Stone about The Putin Interviews, a transcript of a series of discussions between the filmmaker and President Vladimir Putin conducted in Russia over nine days between July 2, 2015, and Feb. 10, 2017.

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On this episode of Watching the Hawks, Tyrel Ventura and Tabetha Wallace sit down with Ron Simons, a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, to discuss his fight to bring more diversity to arts and entertainment. Then, they preview Sean Stone’s interview with Anita Beaty on the battle between gentrification and the homeless in Atlanta. Redacted Tonight’s Naomi Karavani and Natalie McGill preview this week’s Redacted Tonight, zeroing in on New York City’s Rikers Island and the CIA. Finally, Watching the Hawks discover the surprising phenomenon of intergalactic immigration.

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Academy Award-nominated actor James Cromwell is on a mission: to stop a fracked gas-fired plant from being built in suburban Orange County, N.Y. Although he was sentenced to jail for his protests against the plant, which is being built by Competitive Power Ventures (CPV), Cromwell continues to take part in citizen climate activism.

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The City of Saint Paul has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set the stage for a connected, livable and sustainable community at the Ford Site site – one that will be an asset for generations to come. Building on extensive community engagement activities that began in 2007, and informed by a variety of studies on essential elements like jobs, energy, transportation and real estate market research, the City of Saint Paul has proposed a Zoning and Public Realm Master Plan that calls for vibrant mixed-use urban village to be incorporated into the existing community. Provide your input on the draft plan at stpaul.gov/ford

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Glad-handing hedge-funder turned White House press chief has reignited the comic potential of Trump presidency. It's too bad he won't last past the end of this sentence

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When Facebook launched its Free Basics app aimed at helping people without Internet access, they said that the app would serve as an “on ramp” to using the whole global Internet.

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