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President Hugo Chávez has died after a long battle with cancer, the government announced Tuesday, leaving behind a bitterly divided nation in the grip of a deepening political crisis that grew more acute as he languished for weeks, silent and out of sight in hospitals in Havana and Caracas.
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2:21 PM PT: Thanks for the Recs.  Now the hard questions?  What is next for Venezuela?  Is there a successor?  Will there be political violence?  How will this affect oil and gas prices around the world and here in the US?

4:10 PM PT: Chavez was no liberal democrat (small d).  

He may have sincerely cared for the poor and hated the corporate elite but he was a heavy handed authoritarian and that does not match up to a socially progressive liberal democrat.

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