Oil accounts for 95 percent of Venezuelan exports. It's became even more critical when the Trump administration blocked US revenue to a subsidiary of Venezuela's state oil company in a bid to force Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from office.
If they were, would the presidential candidates make a different impact on minority voters? This political reporter says they might be more relatable if they weren't both white males, despite being Latino.
All of the Democratic contenders have called for government action to address climate change, but there seems to be little appetite for that among the Republican candidates on the stump in New Hampshire, where the first primary is just a few short weeks away.
It may be a swing state, but Miami Herald columnist and author Carl Hiaasen says that if the nation's politics follow the same path as his home state of Florida, we all might as well move to the Bahamas.
Competitive three-way races continue to be a rarity, but the introduction of the Tea Party has increased those numbers this election season. We speak with Libby Casey from Alaska Public Radio Network and Beth Reinhard from The Miami Herald.
So what do the wins and losses add up to for Tea Party members across the country? Matt Kibbe, the President of FreedomWorks, and Todd Zwillich, the Takeaway's Washington correspondent, also weighs in.