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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Rep. Luis Gutierrez criticized Speaker Paul Ryan over two immigration bills being voted on today while speaking at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus press conference. Gutierrez cited his 2004 immigration bill, which Paul Ryan supported.

"What a betrayal of his position. Does he have no principles anymore when it comes to immigrant policies?"

The two bills are "Kates Law," which would raise maximum prison sentences for immigrants caught re-entering the country, and the "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act," which would allow the administration to go after cities that don't comply with immigration enforcement.

Rep. Joaquin Castro, first Vice Chair: "All of this is to cover up the fact that President Trump and this Congress have failed to do meaningful things for the American people...they instead look to pit people against each other."

Rep. Juan Vargas: "These two bills are simply a dog whistle for racists to say 'See, we were going to do something about those immigrants, and here we go.'"

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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.