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Key elements of US policy shift toward Cuba

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:09pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, some of which President Barack Obama announced at the White House on Wednesday. (...)
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The ill-fated schemes to upend Castro

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:08pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For over half a century, the U.S. government's schemes to overthrow the Castro government were, if not successful, always creative: the poisonous cigars, the exploding seashell, the secret Twitter-like service in Cuba. (...)
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Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

AP-heads-latest5-congress - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:06pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba have little chance of scuttling his effort in Congress. (...)
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Castro survived odd, often inept, US schemes

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:49pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For over half a century, the U.S. government's schemes to overthrow the Castro government were, if not successful, always creative: the poisonous cigars, the exploding seashell, the secret Twitter-like service in Cuba. (...)
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Obama on Hanukkah says small acts can make miracles

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:35pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Hanukkah teaches that one act of faith can make a miracle. (...)
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US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:31pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. (...)
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US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:50pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. (...)
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Cuban exile community divided over Obama changes

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:49pm
MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama's surprise move to re-establish ties with Cuba was applauded by the men and women in a barbershop on Calle Ocho, the heart of Miami's Cuban exile community. Waitresses stopped serving coffee at the El Pub restaurant as Obama spoke on TV. One wiped a tear from her eye as she clasped her hands, overcome with emotion at changes no one believed would come. (...)
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Castro survived odd, often inept, US schemes

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:48pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For over half a century, the U.S. government's schemes to overthrow the Castro government were, if not successful, always creative: the poisonous cigars, the exploding seashell, the secret Twitter-like service in Cuba. (...)
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Cuban exile community divided over Obama changes

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:09pm
MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama's surprise move to re-establish ties with Cuba was applauded by the men and women in a barbershop on Calle Ocho, the heart of Miami's Cuban exile community. Waitresses stopped serving coffee at the El Pub restaurant as Obama spoke on TV. One wiped a tear from her eye as she clasped her hands, overcome with emotion at changes no one believed would come. (...)
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US backs off death penalty in Iowa slayings

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:00pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — In a surprising reversal, federal prosecutors on Wednesday abandoned their 12-year pursuit of the death penalty for a woman convicted of helping kill five people, including two children, in Iowa to protect her boyfriend's drug business. (...)
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Cuban exile community divided over Obama changes

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:38am
MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama surprise move to re-establish ties with Cuba was applauded by the men and women in a barber shop on Calle Ocho, the heart of Miami's Cuban exile community. Waitresses stopped serving coffee at the El Pub restaurant as Obama spoke on TV. One wiped a tear from her eye as she clasped her hands, overcome with emotion at changes no one believed would come. (...)
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Republican wins Arizona House seat after recount

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:17am
PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month after a recount in Arizona gave the final unresolved midterm race to a Republican challenger. (...)
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Obama on Hanukkah says small acts can make miracles

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:11am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Hanukkah teaches that one act of faith can make a miracle. (...)
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US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:02am
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. (...)
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Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thaw

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:40am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to "think big" about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later, after painstaking secret diplomacy on separate but surprisingly similar tracks, efforts with Tehran and Havana are in full swing. (...)
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In surprise, Wyo. senator to head budget committee

AP-heads-latest5-congress - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:30am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Alabama lawmaker who has been the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee for the past four years ended his effort Wednesday to become the panel's chairman, clearing the way for a colleague from Wyoming to lead the committee when the GOP controls Congress next year. (...)
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In surprise, Wyo. senator to head budget committee

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:30am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Alabama lawmaker who has been the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee for the past four years ended his effort Wednesday to become the panel's chairman, clearing the way for a colleague from Wyoming to lead the committee when the GOP controls Congress next year. (...)
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Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thaw

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:20am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to "think big" about a second-term agenda that could include a new start with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. (...)
Categories: Politics

US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:00am
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. (...)
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