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Ileana’s retirement: The end of a cycle

Ileana’s retirement: The end of a cycle

Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced that she won’t seek reelection in 2018. Her retirement marks the end of a cycle characterized by the access of the first generation of Cuban immigrants to U.S. political life. Today’s Cuban-American politicians try to resemble Ileana, but cannot, simply because the conditions that made her possible no longer exist.

Ros-Lehtinen calling it quits next year

Ros-Lehtinen calling it quits next year

Stating that “there was no epiphany,” and after almost three decades in the U.S. Congress, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced that she will call it quits next year. Ros-Lehtinen was first elected in 1989. Previously she had been a Florida state representative and later a state senator.

And the rich keep getting richer

And the rich keep getting richer

The news is that Jeffrey Loria will soon sell the Miami Marlins. The buyers are a team of investors put together by former Florida governor Jeb Bush and retired Yankees great, soon to be in the Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter. The Bush-Jeter group will pay $1.3 billion for the baseball team.

The two sides of the coin

The two sides of the coin

When I read the news that the Republicans have a plan that will result in 52 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2026, I was struck by panic. Old age is inevitable; health deteriorates, also inevitable. What happens if I don’t have a steady job and a health insurance policy supplied by someone else, or if I don’t have sufficient income to afford one?

Poor Little Marco

Poor Little Marco

The junior senator from Florida is in a bind these days. Nobody seems to want him — in their office buildings. We’re already at two — offices in Tampa and Jacksonville — who have told Rubio they will NOT be renewing his contract. Maybe his hypocrisy-laden past has come back to haunt him.

Miami is not a sanctuary city, writes judge, but America is a sanctuary country

Miami is not a sanctuary city, writes judge, but America is a sanctuary country

In a ruling rebuking the cowardly performance of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez and nine county commissioners, Judge Milton Hirsch sided with the basic rights of a human being and declared that Miami-Dade violated the U.S. Constitution when it agreed to imprison undocumented immigrants slated for deportation.

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.

The Ugly American[i] on his throne

The Ugly American[i] on his throne

Last week Donald Trump launched his version of the Manhattan Project against the U.S. Constitution. This week he went after allies. His stupidity lies in the fact that both the Mexican president and the Australian PM represent the side of the political spectrum in both Australia and Mexico that favors a cozy relationship with the U.S.

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.

Long before Obama, bridges to Cuba were being built

Long before Obama, bridges to Cuba were being built

Bridge builders to Cuba have been around since the 1960s. There are differences between these early engineers of peaceful dialogue and those that are being heralded today. Surely, though, both have played an important role in the advances made in the relationship between Cuba and the U.S.

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