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News. Views. Hughes - February 20, 2019 (17:00 ET)

‘Political bait’: Maduro won’t accept aid from just anyone 

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has repeatedly denied that his country is in crisis and has blockaded key parts of the border in order to prevent the importation of foreign aid. While Maduro is convinced that US aid would only undermine his government, he’s welcomed the promise of humanitarian aid from Russia, set to arrive soon. Meanwhile President Donald Trump has taken the opportunity to step up his denunciations of “socialism.” RT America’s Sara Montes de Oca reports for News.Views.Hughes.

Our goal should be integrating Russia w/ EU – Lincoln Chafee

Former Governor Lincoln Chafee (D-Rhode Island) joins News.Views.Hughes to discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent State of the Union address, nuclear non-proliferation and the global balance of power. Chafee argues that the US should have heeded Putin’s calls in 2007 to expand the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. He also weighs in on the political crisis in Venezuela and continuing US efforts to undermine President Maduro.

Lowering voting age won’t solve voter apathy

Scottie Nell Hughes discusses recent calls to lower the voting age from 18 to 16. She doubts that a typical 16-year-old has the wisdom and experience needed to vote responsibly and that our energy should instead motivating those who are already enfranchised to go to the polls.