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Engagement versus estrangement

Engagement versus estrangement

Congressman James Comer, a first-term Republican from Kentucky, just returned from a five-day trip to Cuba on a fact-finding delegation. His office released a statement about the trip: “Congressman Comer strongly supports lifting the current trade embargo on Cuba.”


Calling Rex Tillerson

Calling Rex Tillerson

To be clear, we are 43 days in and the Trump administration has made no changes to Cuba policy. We’re not trying to jinx that. We’re trying to understand it. Now if Rex Tillerson can be found, he might suggest to Bruno Rodríguez, his Cuban counterpart, that sovereignty could be just the thing to bring the two leaders together.


Once estranged, they reunite over a White House meal with Cuba on the menu

Once estranged, they reunite over a White House meal with Cuba on the menu

President Trump broke bread with Senator Marco Rubio this week. It was a strange change of events when one considers that during the presidential primaries, then-candidate Trump and Sen. Rubio traded insults on the campaign trail, but then traded endorsements in advance of their successful runs for the presidency and reelection to the Senate.


Ab-normalization: Florida imposes sanctions on itself

Ab-normalization: Florida imposes sanctions on itself

When Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus folded its tent last month, 400 Floridians lost their jobs. Now, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott appears determined to turn his state’s drive for jobs into a Cuba policy clown show.


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