Venezuela Casts U.S. as Evil Empire
President Nicolas Maduro’s increasingly isolated, increasingly unstable nation has become a headache for the U.S. Obama recently portrayed Venezuela as a threat to national security — giving Maduro a foreign target to lash out against. Now last-minute visa requirements are stymieing — and in some cases stranding — American travelers. And Venezuela’s Congress just approved expanded powers for the president, so Maduro can enact laws without anyone’s approval for the next six months. Final passage of that deal is expected Sunday.