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The Hill - Report: Trump to reverse Obamas Cuba policy

President Donald Trump plans on reversing a set of policies softening relations with Cuba, according to a report from The Daily Caller.

The U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council, a non-partisan group, said the Trump administration is preparing to announce the changes to Obama-era policies in a June speech in Miami, according to the Daily Caller.

The report cites two unnamed sources who said a bipartisan trio of senators -- Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) -- pushed for the reversal.
Obama, who became the first U.S. president to visit Cuba in almost a century last year, put in motion a series of policies to thaw relations with the Communist island nation, which had been a strategic burden throughout the Cold War.

While Obama was able to soften regulation on some kinds of trade, business and travel, Congress has refused to lift the 57-year-old embargo.


It is like whenever the national anthem is playing, Trump hears happy birthday to me.


omg, those hands are tiny

WOW! German Opposition Candidate TORCHES Trump Over His Treatment of Merkel In Brussels.

No freely elected head of government in our country should allow him or herself to be humiliated in this way. The way this man (Trump), like an autocratic leader, believed he could inflict humiliation in Brussels. Election campaign or no election campaign, in this situation, let me be entirely clear: the chancellor represents all of us at summits like these, and I reject with outrage the way this man takes it upon himself to treat the head of our country’s government. That is unacceptable.


Translation: The best answer to Donald Trump is a stronger Europe.


Macron said THIS today while standing literally right next to Putin. Damn.


(In French) But check out Putin's body language - He is NOT happy.


Maybe Trump should bring mobility scooter in case it's a long walk to Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


From a speech John F. Kennedy - born 100 years ago today - was scheduled to deliver in Dallas


When life gives you treason, make champagne popsicles.


"I'm glad my father didn't live to see this day."



RUSSIAGATE: Im tired of MSM acting stupid as to whether Trump was trying to impede an investigation

We know that trump summoned Comey to a dinner, at which he requested a loyalty pledge, which Comey rejected. Trump admits that at that same dinner the topic of whether Comey would keep his job was brought up. That implicitly ties together Comey’s employment with the loyalty pledge. That is a “pressure was brought to bear” offense.

We know that later Trump requested Comey kill the Flynn investigation, which overlaps with the Russia investigations.

We know that Trump fired Comey after failing to secure the loyalty pledge and failing to get Comey to kill the Flynn investigation, and Trump has now admitted twice that he fired Comey in order to kill the Russia investigation.

You don’t have to be a genius to connect the dots.

I’m tired of the MSM acting stupid as to whether Trump was trying to impede an investigation.

Finally, impeachment is not a legal standard, it’s a political standard. “High crimes and misdemeanors” = unethical use of one’s office, criminal or non-criminal, that is bad enough to warrant removal from office, as deemed by Congress. “High crimes and misdemeanors” as it pertains to impeachment is both a weaker and stronger standard than “criminality”. There are some crimes that are too trivial to warrant removal from office, and at the same time there are non-crimes that are bad enough to warrant removal from office. It’s whatever Congress wants to do. There have been judges impeached for things that were unethical but not criminal.

The MSM keeps trotting out Dershowitz and Turley to carry Trump’s water, by talking about the legal statute “Obstruction of Justice”, which is not relevant. Turely said the other day that Trump’s actions don’t meet the ‘Obstruction of Justice’ standard because when he fired Comey there was no grand jury in effect, therefore he’s not done anything impeachable. That is such weak sauce. Dershowitz is playing the same kind of crap.

But if the MSM keeps playing that game, Democrats might want to consider stopping using the phrase “Obstruction of justice” and instead use the phrase, “impeding an investigation”, or “impeding a counter-intelligence investigation” or “impeding a criminal and counter-intelligence investigation”. And use terms like “pressure was brought to bear”. These are all unethical abuses of the office Trump holds. Don’t specify a specific criminal statute, so that Turley, Dershowitz, Ryan, and MSM can’t use the technicalities of that statute to protect Trump.

And if Ryan wants to play semantics to protect Trump, then the Dems should explicitly run on impeachment in 2018. In 2006 they explicitly took impeachment off the table, but this time they should explicitly put it on the table. (They should run on “issues” too, but this diary is about Russiagate, so that’s what I’m talking about here.)


Imagine a country where you're stabbed by white supremacist but your med care has to be crowd funded





Because of the themes in his poetry and what she saw of his personality, Abbruzzese said she wasn't surprised he was involved in the incident on the MAX train.

"Just because of who he is as a person," Abbruzzese said. "He deeply cares about other people."

Around 10:15 p.m., Fletcher posted a picture of himself in the hospital on his closed Facebook page, Helm said. In the photo, a red tube goes from his throat down his chest, and a thin red line stretches across part of his neck.

The picture came with a poem.

"I, am alive,

. I spat in the eye of hate and lived.

This is what we must do for one another

We must live for one another

We must fight for one Mother

We must die in the name of freedom if we have to.

Luckily it's not my turn today."

-- Maxine Bernstein, Allan Brettman, Eder Campuzano and Bethany Barnes contributed to this report.
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