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Dana Summers

The stories coming out of Venezuela and Washington are complicated and confusing. Political cartoonists put their spin on these stories and more throughout the week.

Venezuela has been all over headlines this week.

The country's opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, has been asking armed forces for the last few months to join his side to oust President Nicolás Maduro.

Guaidó challenged the country's leadership when he declared himself interim president two weeks after Maduro was sworn in for his second term back in January. Thousands of protestors supported Guaidó and several countries, including the United States, recognized him as the head of state.

Dana Summers

Guaidó spoke with the military base Tuesday in the capital of Caracas, signalling the military may finally have sided with him.

This caused serious clashes to happen outside the base when Maduro's government and supporters suspected an attempted coup.

Venezuela is one of Latin America's most prosperous countries, but the political upheaval has created an economic and humanitarian crisis.

Lisa Benson

Attorney General William Barr was also a big name to know this week.

Walt Handelsman

Barr appeared before a Senate panel Wednesday and said he thinks "spying did occur" against the presidential campaign of President Donald Trump.

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He did not define what sort of "spying" occurred.

Nick Anderson

Barr skipped a house hearing Thursday.

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., made headlines for sending a message to Barr by placing a bucket of chicken in front of Barr's empty chair.

Lisa Benson
Bill Bramhall

The large number of Democratic candidates is still making news.

Commentators are worried about the variety in platforms and the confusion it may cause voters.

Dana Summers
David Horsey
Joel Pett

Other stories this week included the fate of Social Security, infrastructure week and the recent tragic acts committed against religious communities.

Lisa Benson
Walt Handelsman