Venezuela Worsens, & The Washington Post Gets Sued

The North & South American News Roundup 26/02/2019

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Violence escalates in Venezuela, Nick Sandmann fires back, and Robert Kraft was arrested for soliciting prostitution in Florida. This is the last week in review.

Robert Kraft and the Super Pull

Robert Kraft, CEO of the Kraft Group and owner of the New England Patriots, was accused Saturday of solicitation of prostitution at a Jupiter, Florida, spa. He was formally charged Monday with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation by the Palm Beach State Attorney. Billionaire John W. Childs was also charged as a part of the same 6-month investigation at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, along with 22 others. The NFL has stated only that they are monitoring the situation. Kraft faces little-to-no jail time, but the punishment by the NFL could be more serious.

Venezuela somehow gets worse

President Maduro ordered the burning of trucks carrying food and medicine into the country. The aid was being sent by World Central Kitchen from Colombia and was destroyed at the border.

This move led to more condemnation by American politicians, including Vice President Mike Pence and Florida senior Senator Marco Rubio. Rubio gathered the most attention, tweeting, just… this:

Maduro also ordered an attack on a native Venezuelan village, and that event is detailed by Donald Keller here. The attack left two dead. At this point, a civil war inevitable, and we can only hope it stays confined to Venezuela and its people, and does not become another US proxy war.

Nick Sandmann sues Washington Post

Nick Sandmann, the teen who blasted by media for smirking in the face of a Native American activist before a longer video revealed the activist walked directly through his group and up to him, has hired a lawyer to sue for defamation, and that lawyer is officially suing the Washington Post for $250 million. The family openly admits the purpose of the lawsuit is to “teach the Post a lesson,” and even if they are successful, nothing close to $250 million will ever be awarded. Specifically, the suit alleges that the Post deliberately used misinformation to push a political agenda, using Sandmann and his classmates as pawns. The burden of proof is huge here, and short of smoking emails, this is impossible to prove.

When Hulk Hogan successfully sued Gawker for publishing a sex tape of him, the verdict was only $140 million, and it was settled for $31 million when Gawker liquidated. It was probably the largest suit against a media company ever. He initially had sought $100 million in damages.

You can read more from Andrew Bartholomew on Think Liberty here.

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