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  • Embattled National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's Fate Uncertain

    02/13/2017 1:11:30 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 64 replies ^ | 02/13/2017 | N/A
    Embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn's fate as one of President Donald Trump's senior aides is uncertain following reports that he discussed U.S. sanctions with a Russian envoy before Trump's inauguration. A top White House official sidestepped repeated chances Sunday to publicly defend him. The president, who spent the weekend at his private club in Florida, has yet to comment on Flynn's status. Nor has Vice President Mike Pence, who previously denied that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S. Pence and Flynn spoke twice on Friday, according to an administration official. Trump has...
  • Could Reince Be On His Way Out As Chief Of Staff?

    02/12/2017 6:59:02 PM PST · by markomalley · 49 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/12/17 | Alex Pfeiffer
    The opening weeks of the Trump administration have been described as tumultuous by many, potentially leaving White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus’ head on the chopping block.Chris Ruddy, founder of Newsmax Media and one of President Trump’s friends, said Sunday on CNN that the “White House is showing not the amount of order that we need to see. I think there’s a lot of weakness coming out of the chief of staff.”After these comments on CNN, Ruddy told The Washington Post, “I’ve gotten three text messages from sitting Cabinet members praising my appearance. They realize this whole government depends on this chief...
  • Is Priebus Out? Trump Friend Slams Chief Of Staff As "Weak, Incompetent"

    02/12/2017 5:32:34 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 63 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/12/17 | Tyler Durden
    Just a day after Chris Ruddy, Newsmax Media CEO, joined President Trump for a drink (Trump had a diet Coke, Ruddy had a scotch), the long-time friend appeared Sunday on CNN's Reliable Sources and unprompted, launched into an attack on the President's chief of staff, Reince Priebus, describing him as weak and incompetent.   Drinks two days ago...   Is Priebus on the out? And will Steve Bannon now become de facto Chief of Staff?  
  • WIKILEAKS Emails Show CEO Of “Conservative” NEWSMAX Working With Hillary’s Campaign Chairman

    10/17/2016 6:13:01 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 119 replies
    100% Fed Up ^ | Oct 16, 2016 | 100% Fed Up
    Why was the CEO of Newsmax emailing Hillary’s current Campaign Chairman John Podesta about meetings with conservative leaders in DC? And is mega-Clinton Foundation Clinton Foundation donor, Christopher Ruddy using his website to encourage millions of Americans to walk away from Trump and vote for Hillary? Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of the “conservative” cable TV and news website Newsmax became famous in the late 90’s for his conspiracy theory that the former Clinton White House aid Vince Foster was murdered and that he did not commit suicide. He actually wrote a bestseller book titled, “The Strange Death Of Vincent Foster.”...

    05/16/2015 4:38:17 AM PDT · by theoldmarine · 62 replies
    NBC Universal, News Corporation, Turner Broadcasting and Thomson Reuters are among more than a dozen media organizations that have made charitable contributions to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, the foundation's records show....The following list includes news media organizations that have donated to the foundation, as well as other media networks, companies, foundations or individuals that have donated. It is organized by the size of the contribution:....$1,000,000-$5,000,000 Carlos Slim Chairman & CEO of Telmex, largest New York Times shareholder James Murdoch Chief Operating Officer of 21st Century Fox Newsmax Media Florida-based conservative media network
  • Judicial Watch: New Abedin Emails Reveal Top Clinton Foundation Executive Doug Band Sought Diplomati

    09/07/2016 6:58:47 PM PDT · by TakebackGOP · 39 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 9/1/2016
    "The Abedin emails include a mid-August 2009, email exchange in which Band urges Abedin to follow up on a request from Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy to set up a meeting with then-Ambassador to Panama Barbara Stephenson on behalf of lobbyist Amb. Otto Reich, President Reagan’s ambassador to Venezuela who maintained high-level government positions during the tenure of both President George H.W. Bush and President George Bush. In early September, Ruddy then was contacted by State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta S. Jacobson, at the behest of Band and Abedin, in reference to Ruddy’s...

    05/16/2015 4:43:56 AM PDT · by theoldmarine · 53 replies
    NBC Universal, News Corporation, Turner Broadcasting and Thomson Reuters are among more than a dozen media organizations that have made charitable contributions to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, the foundation's records show....The following list includes news media organizations that have donated to the foundation, as well as other media networks, companies, foundations or individuals that have donated. It is organized by the size of the contribution:....$1,000,000-$5,000,000 Carlos Slim Chairman & CEO of Telmex, largest New York Times shareholder James Murdoch Chief Operating Officer of 21st Century Fox Newsmax Media Florida-based conservative media network
  • Newsmax Pledged $1 Million to Clinton Foundation (SMH!)

    02/18/2015 6:00:02 PM PST · by tobyhill · 68 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/18/2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    Conservative website Newsmax has pledged a very large donation to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, a new report in the Wall Street Journal states. "Newsmax, a conservative news organization, last year pledged $1 million to the Clinton Foundation over a five-year period, according to a spokesman for Chris Ruddy, the organization’s CEO. Mr. Ruddy has been friends with the Clintons since 2007," reports the Journal. "Through a spokesman, he said the donation wasn't tantamount to an endorsement of Mrs. Clinton’s potential campaign, though he thinks she would 'make a great presidential candidate.'" Ruddy himself has even written a...
  • Why Mitt Romney Lost

    11/08/2012 4:53:31 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Nov 7, 2012 | Christopher Ruddy
    Newsmax Why Mitt Romney Lost Wednesday, November 7, 2012 02:24 PM By: Christopher Ruddy Newsmax Christopher Ruddy’s Perspective: It was the worst of times and the worst of times. With the 2012 election results in, there are no short- or even medium-term "silver linings" for Republicans. President Barack Obama has won a decisive victory and the GOP, expecting to gain Senate seats, actually had a net loss of three. The "morning after" will bring the expected explanations and after-game quarterbacking. Still, it is important that the GOP understand why we lost this one in hopes of future victory. Perhaps the...
  • Why Mitt Romney Lost (NewsMax's Christopher Ruddy Blames the Choice of Paul Ryan was one factor)

    11/08/2012 5:44:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 11/08/2012 | Christopher Ruddy
    With the 2012 election results in, there are no short- or even medium-term "silver linings" for Republicans. SNIP SNIP On to why our pilot Mitt Romney and his plan were so flawed. 1. Paul Ryan. Romney's choice of Ryan was almost inexplicable. A good conservative, Ryan was unqualified for the job of vice president, and therefore the job of president. A sitting member of Congress, he held no leadership position on the Hill. Romney's VP selection was the most important one of his campaign, and by it he telegraphed his lack of political wisdom to the nation. With his VP...
  • Mitt & Newt: A Plan to Win This Year

    04/20/2012 7:03:17 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 44 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 05:00 PM | Christopher Ruddy
    As the dust begins to quickly settle from the hotly contested Republican primary and Mitt Romney assumes the title of presumptive nominee, it’s important to recognize the role Newt Gingrich has played and will continue to play in helping the Republicans win the White House and Senate this fall. The former House speaker recently told Newsmax in an interview that he remains in the race, not as a spoiler, but to play a key role promoting a conservative agenda at the Republican convention in Tampa in August. It’s a worthy goal – and I have no doubt that Newt will...
  • Newt Gingrich CAN Beat Obama

    12/23/2011 9:42:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/20/2011 | Christopher Ruddy
    Can Newt Gingrich beat Barack Obama next November? Sure he can. It's really important to understand this. Whoever the Republican candidate is, that candidate will be subject to what Obama allies say is a "$750 million wrecking ball." Obama's whole campaign — totaling $1 billion — will be a savage attack on the Republican nominee because Obama can't run on his record and he knows it. And I believe that, if the Republican candidate sticks to the high road and focuses on Obama's record, the American people will see through the mud and will vote Republican. At this moment, Newt...
  • Debunking the Carter Ruck defence of British-Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi ( + REZKO et al)

    07/01/2009 11:09:45 AM PDT · by 1066AD · 9 replies · 346+ views
    Hawaii Free Press / WikiLeaks ^ | 5/29/2008 | Andrew Walden
    May 29, 2008 By Andrew Walden (Hawai'i Free Press) Nadhmi Auchi, seen here with the Governor of Illinois, Rob Blagojevich (middle) at a 2004 Chicago dinner in Auchi's honor arranged by Antonin Rezko (potentially, right)[1]. All three men have been convicted of corruption related charges (Auchi 2003, Rezko 2008, Blagojevich 2009).[2] “A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser (dual US-Syrian citizen Tony Rezko) just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses. The money transfer raises the question of whether funds from Nadhmi Auchi,...
  • Newsmax owner details plans for Newsweek bid (Ruddy gets a final laugh)

    06/05/2010 12:50:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 967+ views
    FT ^ | 06/04/10 | Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson
    Newsmax owner details plans for Newsweek bid By Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in New York Published: June 4 2010 17:59 | Last updated: June 5 2010 01:07 Newsweek could be profitable again if it makes better use of its circulation database to “upsell” readers to premium newsletters and other products, according to one bidder for the Washington Post Company’s loss-making magazine. Christopher Ruddy, the owner of Newsmax, a magazine and website catering to US conservatives, told the Financial Times a day after he made an offer for Newsweek that he believed he could restore the 77-year-old title to positive cash flow. Mr...
  • Bill Clinton Tells Newsmax: Carter Wrong on Race; Obama Plan to Pass

    09/21/2009 10:04:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 1,140+ views ^ | Sept. 21, 2009 | Jim Meyers
    On Monday, former President Bill Clinton sat down with Newsmax CEO and Editor Christopher Ruddy for an exclusive interview on the eve of the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) gathering in New York. In the wide-ranging, one-on-one session with Ruddy, Clinton reveals that he strongly disagrees with former President Jimmy Carter's decision to bring race into a discussion of the Republicans' criticism of President Barack Obama's healthcare policies. Democrats have a good shot of passing a significant healthcare bill soon, Clinton said. Clinton also offered advice to both Obama and the Republicans on how to avoid the divisive politics...
  • Birth Certificate Matters

    08/06/2009 6:44:25 AM PDT · by Kansas58 · 94 replies · 1,801+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 08/06/2009 | Christopher Ruddy
    Where was Barack Obama born? It’s a fair question. But we still don’t know the answer because Obama won’t tell us, because he remains the most mysterious man ever to sit in the Oval Office. This week I appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s No. 1 rated “The O’Reilly Factor” to discuss the controversy over Obama’s birth certificate, along with syndicated radio host Mike Gallagher. [See the video of my appearance — Click Here Now.] Let me make clear that I believe Obama was born somewhere in the state of Hawaii. Days after his birth, a small legal notice was printed in...
  • O'Reilly, Ruddy Spar over birth certificate (video)

    08/03/2009 10:27:33 PM PDT · by SideoutFred · 137 replies · 3,665+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 8-3-09 | Newsmax
    Newsmax CEO and Editor Christopher Ruddy appeared on Bill O'Reilly's Fox News show with nationally syndicated radio show host Mike Gallagher. O'Reilly and Ruddy sparred over whether Obama should release his birth certification.
  • Bill O'Reilly [The Useful Idiot] To Birther From "Nobody Cares"

    08/04/2009 9:27:18 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 36 replies · 1,325+ views
    Youtube ^ | August 4, 2009 | PoliticsNewsPolitics
    After Bill O'Reilly stressed in his "talking points memo" that the GOP needs to regroup and not focus on nonsense like the "birther" issue, Christopher Ruddy from tells Bill O'Reilly that it's necessary for President Obama to release his birth certificate. "I don't care," O'Reilly tells Ruddy. "Nobody cares... The only people who cares is Obama haters." Radio talk show host Mike Gallagher also thinks Ruddy should let it go.
  • Dick Morris’ Uncanny Predictions

    07/14/2009 12:29:39 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 39 replies · 2,604+ views
    News Max ^ | July 14, 2009 | Christopher Ruddy
    One of the reasons I like Dick Morris is that he has an uncanny ability to predict the future. Take, for example, his prescient new book "Catastrophe: How Obama, Congress, and the Special Interests Are Transforming a Slump Into a Crash, Freedom Into Socialism, and a Disaster Into a Catastrophe . . . and How to Fight Back." Dick’s wife, Eileen McGann, co-authored the book, which shot to the No. 1 spot on the Times' best-seller list in its very first week of release. The fascinating thing about “Catastrophe” is that, although it hit bookstores just a few weeks ago,...
  • (Christopher Ruddy): Paul Weyrich: RIP

    12/22/2008 2:07:55 PM PST · by Publius804 · 5 replies · 528+ views ^ | December 22, 2008 | Christopher Ruddy
    Paul Weyrich: RIP Paul Weyrich, a leader of the conservative movement, was laid to rest today in Fairfax,Va. Paul was not a household name. He was well known to many in Washington, certainly in Republican circles. For Newsmax readers, he was an old friend. Almost from the beginning, Paul has been a contributing “Pundit” in Newsmax’s online commentary section. When I heard of Paul’s passing last Thursday, I thought of Bill Buckley’s death this year. When Buckley passed in February, he was eulogized as the intellectual father of Reagan conservatism. If Bill Buckley was the intellectual godfather, Paul Weyrich was...
  • What the Election Should Teach the Republicans by Christopher Ruddy

    11/06/2008 8:24:37 PM PST · by Publius804 · 56 replies · 2,075+ views ^ | November 6, 2008 | Christopher Ruddy
    What the Election Should Teach the Republicans Thursday, November 6, 2008 6:24 PM By: Christopher Ruddy The 2008 election is not yet a distant memory, and there are important lessons to be learned. A good accounting of what happened will help Republicans make a comeback. Here’s my take: Republicans need a candidate who’s unafraid of being a Republican. For a 72-year-old, John McCain gave an impressive campaign performance, but he lost. Why? Because he failed to articulate exactly how his opponent was such a danger to our economy, national security, and American values. The vice president counts. Sarah Palin gave...
  • Why Obama Can’t Close the Deal By: Christopher Ruddy

    10/09/2008 9:34:25 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 37 replies · 2,001+ views ^ | October 9, 2008 | Christopher Ruddy
    Why Obama Can’t Close the Deal By: Christopher Ruddy John Zogby’s poll numbers, in my opinion, are the best in the business. The latest tracking poll just before Tuesday’s debate shows McCain trailing Obama by a mere two points. This is simply HUGE. A collapsing economy, an unpopular war, a 72-year-old Republican candidate with tepid support from his own party’s base — and Obama is only ahead by two points weeks before Election Day! This means several things to me. First, McCain can still win this. Then, Obama is a deeply flawed candidate that Americans have grave reservations about. As...
  • Why McCain Won the Debate

    09/27/2008 7:58:58 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies · 1,985+ views ^ | September 27, 2008 | Christopher Ruddy
    There is little question that John McCain “won” the first debate last night. Perhaps he lost on points (arguments) and style (how could he beat Mr. Smooth?), but McCain “won” over the audience, the only victory that counts. Here’s what I saw and heard: 1. Any question that McCain is too old to run for office has been put to rest. He was sharp, on point and looked good, good enough, that is. 2. If the debate was held before the elite faculties of Harvard and Columbia, schools Obama attended, he would have won hands down. But this debate was...
  • Finding the Dignity of the Office (The Presidency)

    05/28/2008 5:26:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 117+ views
    Newsmax ^ | May 28, 2008 | Christopher Ruddy
    What has happened to the America we once knew? Indeed, much has changed and not all for the better. For instance, changes in the American culture have deeply affected the presidency, our institutions, and our democratic process. On a positive note, mass communication through the Internet and talk radio has been a blessing, not a curse. America's rich ethnic and cultural diversity has offered us more positives than negatives. But can a country that is more modern, technologically unsurpassed and richer in its ethnic mosaic keep its core values? That notion is under siege today, and the presidential race is...
  • China Port Control More Worrisome Than Dubai Deal

    03/24/2006 11:59:30 AM PST · by freedom44 · 22 replies · 822+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 3/24/06 | Christopher Ruddy
    The real reason the Dubai ports deal created such an uproar across America was the much larger issue of border security. If only Congress would show as much concern for our border security as they did about the port deal. Another matter Congress should concern itself with is China's growing reach over global ports - including ones close to the United States. Many Americans already feel neglected by their government over illegal immigration and vulnerable to terrorism due to lax border security. In my mind, it is still baffling to me that after Sept. 11, even after the U.S. government...
  • FEMA’s Plan for Mass Destruction Attacks: Of Course It’s True

    09/05/2005 2:21:16 AM PDT · by Siobhan · 25 replies · 827+ views ^ | Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002 | Christopher Ruddy
    Let me state for the record that FEMA is moving ahead with plans to create temporary cities that could handle millions of Americans after mass destruction attacks on U.S. cities. Though the agency has denied the program to some of our readers and has made misleading claims about NewsMax’s original story to members of the press, the basic facts of the story remain unchallenged. In early July, NewsMax first reported in our e-mail news service, Insider Report, the story "FEMA Preparing for Mass Destruction Attacks on Cities," revealing that FEMA was seeking bids from three major real estate and/or engineering...
  • Don't Blame Bush for Katrina

    09/04/2005 10:18:31 PM PDT · by abletruth · 15 replies · 982+ views
    newsmax ^ | 9/5/05 | Christopher Ruddy
    George Bush and the federal government are not to blame for the disaster we have witnessed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In fact, the primary responsibility for the disaster response lies with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and other local officials. Yet leading Democrats and their allies in the major media are clearly using this disaster for political purposes and ignoring one obvious fact. This fact – which needs to be repeated and remembered – is that in our country, state and local governments have primary responsibility in dealing with local disasters. The founding fathers...
  • Don't Blame Bush for Katrina

    09/04/2005 2:10:55 PM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 34 replies · 3,359+ views ^ | Christopher Ruddy
    Don't Blame Bush for Katrina Christopher Ruddy Monday, Sept. 5, 2005 George Bush and the federal government are not to blame for the disaster we have witnessed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In fact, the primary responsibility for the disaster response lies with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, and other local officials. Yet, leading Democrats and their allies in the major media are clearly using this disaster for political purposes and ignoring one obvious fact. This fact, which needs to be repeated and remembered, is that in our country state and local government have...
  • The Clintons' Enemy List (from HILLARY'S SECRET WAR)

    07/19/2005 6:07:25 AM PDT · by Richard Poe · 29 replies · 5,075+ views ^ | July 19, 2005 | Richard Poe
    HILLARY'S SECRET WAR The Clintons’ enemy list Posted: July 19, 20051:00 a.m. Eastern Editor's note: The following is an eye-opening look into New York Times best-selling author Richard Poe's revealing book, "Hillary's Secret War." Whereas Edward Klein's book on the New York senator reveals previously unknown aspects of her personal life, Poe's expose focuses on how Hillary Clinton and the left's "shadow government" have labored to put her and her far-left agenda in the White House by controlling the still-uncensored flow of real news to Americans – via the Internet.If that sounds too fantastic to be true, read on....
  • Bring the Iraq Occupation to an End (barf alert!)

    02/11/2005 9:54:02 AM PST · by LSUfan · 20 replies · 683+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 19 January 2005 | Christopher Ruddy
    For those of us who voted for George Bush in the past November election, we did so for a variety of reasons. One of the most compelling was Senator John Kerry. The American people could not connect with Kerry. The stiff Boston Brahmin’s positions were found to be anathema to most Americans: higher taxes, a more legalistic way of dealing with terror, and a liberal social agenda. Of all of the Monday morning quarterbacking, one perspective is indisputable: On Election Day Americans voted against John Kerry. And America also voted for George W. Bush – as the better candidate of...
  • Oil Is A Political Weapon

    09/30/2004 4:43:49 PM PDT · by drpix · 9 replies · 392+ views ^ | Sept. 30, 2004 | Christopher Ruddy
    George Bush would be a shoe-in for re-election this November if oil prices had not been so high during the past year. Since late last year, oil prices have been skyrocketing -- hitting almost $50 a barrel in August and then again this week. Since America is a nation of voracious consumers dependent on foreign oil, the cost of oil affects almost every aspect of our lives. Gasoline prices hovering around $2 a gallon for most of the year has hurt the disposable income of most Americans. In fact, the economy, which had been roaring ahead, suddenly seemed to stall...
  • Sean Hannity Wrong about Ron Brown

    04/27/2004 2:53:57 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 137 replies · 444+ views
    I like Sean Hannity very much. And, since I value the opinion of forensics specialists regarding someone's death, I have one major bone to pick with him. Months back, someone apparently had to lie to the call screener to talk about Ron Brown's head hole. Hannity said with emphaticabsolute certainty that Ron Brown died in a crash. It borderlined hysteria, perhaps because he knows full well that there is overwhelming evidence to back up the call for an autopsy. I know Hannity is smarter than the average bear. I know, absolutely know, he is smart enough to know that the...
  • The Stalled War

    03/28/2003 6:41:12 AM PST · by stimpyone · 54 replies · 320+ views ^ | 3/28/2003 | Christopher Ruddy
    The Stalled War Christopher Ruddy Friday, March 28, 2003 More than seven days into our new war and the Washington Post is now citing Pentagon sources that this war may last months. Such a conclusion may be premature. But still, the war effort seems stalled and the U.S. is entering the most dangerous phase of the war as we approach Baghdad. Confidence has been replaced with uncertainty, and a cloud of worry looms with the possibility the Iraqis may use weapons of mass destruction. I am not in the anti-war crowd or among the naysayers who want to see doom...
  • Ann Coulter's Dismal Performance on the Vincent Foster Death

    07/04/2002 4:36:49 PM PDT · by AJFavish · 89 replies · 781+ views
    Allan J. Favish Home Web Site ^ | July 4, 2002 | Allan J. Favish
    Thanks to Billy Beck for finding the following excerpt from Ann’s new book: "Even if Christopher Ruddy's 'The Strange Death of Vincent Foster' was considered a conservative hoax book, it was also conservatives that discredited it. The New York Post fired hm over the Vince Foster business. The American Spectator's Byron York took apart Ruddy's book in a series of articles and TV appearances. Regnery Publishing paid a liberal journalist, Dan Modea [sic], an atypically large advance of $100,000 to write a book discrediting the conspiracy theories surrounding the Foster's death, resulting in 'A Washington Tragedy: How the Death of...
  • Ruddy: What Really Happened in Venezuela

    04/18/2002 12:26:59 PM PDT · by flamefront · 10 replies · 216+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 18 April 2002 | Chris Ruddy
    Marxist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is back in power, and I hear from friends in Venezuela that reprisals against his opponents have begun in earnest. Chavez, the ever clever ideologue, has been careful not to go after the leaders of the coup that just ousted him. But his thugs around the country are making small-business owners and provincial leaders who supported the removal of Chavez pay up in cash or suffer. Already there are reports of looting and attacks on those who opposed Chavez. The Venezuelan coup and the seemingly easy return of Chavez to power smacked of a...