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Obama Softening on Cuba?

Does President Obama want to change the status quo on Cuba? From the Miami Herald (via Politico’s Ben Smith):

Newly minted Florida Sen. Marco Rubio went on friendly airwaves Tuesday morning, in a Spanish-language radio interview to discuss U.S. policy toward Cuba.

Speaking on WAQI-710 AM — better known as Radio Mambí — Rubio said the Obama administration was already putting out “trial balloons” to feel out new members of Congress on their feelings toward loosening U.S. economic and travel restrictions on Cuba.

But the feelers won’t go anywhere, Rubio said, because he and other like-minded senators and House members will educate their colleagues on the political reality in Cuba, including telling them about political prisoners like American Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned for more than a year.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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