Adiós, Chávez | Oil industry closely watches developments in Venezuela | Venezuelan ex-pats in U.S. rejoice at news of Chávez's death
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March 6, 2013
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Adiós, Chávez
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died Tuesday after a long illness, prompting both tributes and cheers from American politicians. President Barack Obama gave a measured response calling for the Venezuelan people to open "a new chapter" in their history, based on democratic principles. Several Republican politicians welcomed Chávez's death and attacked Democrats for praising the late leader's efforts to help the poor. "Good riddance to this dictator," said Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif. El Universal (Venezuela) (3/6), Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (3/6), KNTV-TV (San Francisco)/The Associated Press (3/6), USA Today/On Politics blog (3/6)
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Oil industry closely watches developments in Venezuela
The death of Hugo Chavez could pave the way for foreign oil companies to return to Venezuela, energy industry analysts and executives said. If that happens, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips, which left after Venezuela nationalized its oil industry, could be big winners. CNBC (3/5)
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Agenda Items
Obama is poised to name a new regulatory chief
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President Barack Obama's plan to use executive authority to push through his second-term agenda will rely heavily on the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which plays a key role in the federal rule-making process. The president will soon nominate a new OIRA chief, in a decision that could have major implications both for his own agenda and for interest groups' lobbying efforts. "It's the most powerful office you've never heard of," says University of Maryland law professor Rena Steinzor. The Hill/RegWatch blog (3/6)
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Data Points
Thousands of millionaires collect Social Security
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Source: Face the Facts USA
You don’t have to need Social Security benefits to collect them: Every eligible American can collect benefits at retirement, and that includes millionaires. In 2010, 47,535 millionaires received Social Security benefits totaling $1.438 billion. Face the Facts USA (3/6)
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Daily Diversion
Pardoning the sequester? A great idea, voters say
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To illustrate the depth of public confusion about the "sequester" spending cuts, Jimmy Kimmel sent his roving reporter out on the streets to ask people deliberately nonsensical questions. Rather than admit their ignorance, interviewees claimed to have strongly-held views about bizarre issues such as whether the "sequester" should be pardoned, sent to Portugal, or used by South Korea to build robot terrorists. YouTube (3/5)
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