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Fact check: Donald Trump keeps much of Barack Obama’s Cuba policy

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President Donald Trump’s announcement that he’s “cancelling” his predecessor’s policy toward Cuba is a good deal less than meets the ear. Trump’s move, announced Friday in Miami, actually leaves in place most of the important elements of President Barack Obama’s moves to open relations with the island. And while his policy has the stated aim of helping the country’s nascent private sector, it contains a measure that could damage thousands of small-business people who host, feed and transport independent American…

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Valerio Martinelli: Cubans know ideas matter

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Fidel Castro is dead. Thousands of Cubans, many of whom lived under Castro’s regime, gathered in the streets of Miami to celebrate his death. For them, his passing marked the symbolic end of a reign of terror, a nightmare that destroyed thousands of lives and forced a million Cubans to leave their homes and seek a new beginning in America. But in Cuba, nothing has changed. As the celebrations ended, Castro’s regime was still there. The people of Cuba are…

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In Florida, a shifting Cuban vote could be the difference

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Francis Suarez comes from a long line of civic and political leaders who have formed the Republican bedrock in south Florida’s Cuban community for a half century. Yet the 38-year-old Miami city commissioner hasn’t decided whether he will vote for his party’s presidential nominee. He’s not alone. Many Cuban-Americans are expressing solidarity with other Latin-Americans who see Donald Trump as anti-Hispanic. Still others hear in Trump’s nationalistic populism echoes of the government strongmen they once fled. “There are aspects of…

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Donald Trump, Marco Rubio battle for Hispanic GOP voters in Florida

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Florida voters are increasingly voicing a similar take on Republican front-runner Donald Trump: “Dice lo que piensa” – Spanish for “he speaks his mind.” Trump boasts that he can win the Hispanic vote in a general election and next week, he faces his first major test in the winner-take-all primary in Florida, a highly contentious swing state with a large and diverse population of Latino voters. Trump’s comments about building a southern border wall and his accusations that many Mexicans…

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Air traffic between US, Cuba to increase with new deal

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The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is scheduled to fly to Havana on Tuesday to cement the deal. Barring other major announcements, it would be the most significant development in U.S.-Cuba trade since Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced in…

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RPOF says Alex Sink is basically Florida’s Fidel Castro

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From Kyle Munzenrieder:  Fidel Castro took some time out of his busy schedule of not dying to pen a piece for a state newspaper that said President Obama and the Democrat’s recent passage of health care reform a “miracle.” Well, the Republican Party of Florida took time out of their busy schedule of basically giving everybody American Express cards to send out a press release that argued Florida CFO and Democratic governor hopeful Alex Sink is basically Fidel Castro. See,…

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Diaz-Balart brothers endorse Charlie Crist

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As if polling and fundraising weren’t already an uphill battle for Marco Rubio, now Cuban-American Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Mario Diaz-Balart have both endorsed Charlie Crist. Rubio is counting on strong support from Cuban-Americans in his Senate campaign. He was Florida’s first Cuban-American House Speaker, but his base is being pulled out from under him with this endorsement.

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