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The News with Rick Sanchez - February 18, 2019 (20:00 ET)

Student arrested over Pledge & McCabe revelations

A student was arrested after an altercation with his substitute teacher over his refusal to say the Pledge of Allegiance. The arrest has ignited discussion about the appropriateness of violent or forceful arrests in US schools. There were nearly 70,000 in 2013-2014 alone. RT America’s Rachel Blevins reports for the News with Rick Sanchez. Then former Florida Democratic party chairman Mitch Ceasar and conservative commentator Steve Malzberg join RT America’s Natasha Sweatte to debate the appropriateness of the arrest and the student’s rationale for not standing for the Pledge. They also discuss recent comments by former FBI official Andrew McCabe and President Trump’s ominous reaction.

Venezuelan exiles want Maduro to resign

President Donald Trump is ramping up support for Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido, saying in a televised speech at Florida International University on Monday that Venezuelans “are ready to reclaim their country” and repeating calls for Venezuela’s military to switch allegiance to Guaido and demanding President Nicolas Maduro’s resignation. Millions of people have fled the country in recent years. RT America’s John Huddy reports for the News with Rick Sanchez.

Dueling concerts to rock Venezuela

RT America’s Dan Cohen reports for the News with Rick Sanchez on dueling politically charged concerts near the border of Venezuela and Colombia, organized by opponents and supporters of the government, slated for February 22 and 23. He also shows how the facts refute US narratives about Maduro’s government “rejecting humanitarian aid.”