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6:17 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Cubans On The Island See New U.S.-Cuba Relations As A Major Breakthrough

President Barack Obama announced a new approach to U.S.-Cuba relations on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.
Credit Julio Cortez / AP

Earlier today, President Barack Obama proclaimed that the policies toward Cuba over the past 50 years have not worked and announced major changes in U.S.-Cuba relations.

Obama reiterated that opening travel, financial exchanges, and telecommunications between the two nations will allow American values to be more easily shared with the Cuban people.

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Cuba 2014
5:55 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Tell Us What You Think About U.S. Plans To Normalize Relations In Cuba

President Barack Obama spoke to the nation today about U.S.-Cuba relations.
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Fill in this form to share your take with us. We're compiling local reactions for WLRN programming and Miami Herald reports.

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Politics
5:43 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Live Chat: Special Program On U.S.-Cuba Relations Post-Alan Gross

Tonight at 6 p.m., WLRN-Miami Herald News will host an hour-long special program on President Obama's announcement regarding normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba.

You can participate in the live chat below and listen live on 91.3 FM, WLRN.org, the official WLRN app in the App Store, or by listening to the show through iTunes.

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Developing
9:26 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Everything You Need To Know About Alan Gross And U.S.-Cuba Relations Now

Allan Gross was released from a five-year imprisonment in Cuba on Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Credit AP

U.S. government contract worker Alan Gross was released Wednesday morning after a five-year imprisonment in Cuba.

The 65-year-old, now in poor health conditions, was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Cuban court in 2011 for bringing telecommunications devices onto the island.

WLRN has reported on Gross' trajectory with the Cuban government and you can read those stories here.

At noon Wednesday, President Barack Obama also announced his new approach in U.S.-Cuba relations.

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Politics
5:49 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Florida Files Petition to Keep Gay Marriage Ban

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 9:14 am

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an emergency petition on Monday seeking to keep the state's ban on gay marriage in place past Jan. 5.

Bondi and attorneys in her office filed the request with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Thomas oversees emergency appeals from Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

The move by Bondi comes after a federal appeals court in Atlanta refused to keep on hold a ruling that declared Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. That decision brought same-sex weddings one step closer to reality in the state.

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Politics
1:58 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

What Jeb Bush's Announcement Means For The 2016 Race

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said on Facebook Tuesday that he was considering a presidential run in 2016.
Credit CM Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is basically running for president now, giving him instant frontrunner status and implicitly pressuring other Republicans to decide whether to run for the White House against him in 2016.

“I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States,” the Republican said on Facebook and Twitter Tuesday morning.

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News
4:12 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Will Haiti PM's Resignation Defuse The Political Crisis? Don't Count On It

At the time this photo was shot, Jan. 8, 2014, Haiti's then-Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe talked about the many challenges ahead for his country.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

Yesterday’s resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe was supposed to help end Haiti’s long and sometimes violent political crisis. Don’t get your hopes up.

Most Haitians weren’t even awake when Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe’s taped resignation speech was televised at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. The government blamed technical difficulties for the delay.

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The End of the Road
5:29 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

I-95: America's 2,000-Mile Political Lens?

Tennessee governor Bill Haslam, head of the Republican Governors Association, recently claimed that the GOP was becoming the party of I-95. While it's not unheard of to use Interstates as a political lens, using an entire 2,000 mile Interstate is a little strange.
Credit Graphic by Kenny Malone

You’ve heard of “big tent” political parties. How about “big overpass” parties?

Is GOP the party of Interstate 95?” read a headline from McClatchy Newspapers last month.

About two weeks after the November midterm elections, the Republican Governors Association met in Boca Raton. During a press conference, newly appointed chairman -- and Tennessee governor -- Bill Haslam told a group of reporters about a recent revelation.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Speaks Up About Homeless Debate

Arnold Abbott cited for breaking Fort Lauderdale ordinances on feeding the homeless.
Credit Lynne Sladky / El Nuevo Herald

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler is adamant about the city's ordinances relating to homeless issues. He has said, as have other city commissioners, that the laws are for public safety.

That hasn't softened the blow of the international scrutiny from social media as well as the late night shows, including The Colbert Report.

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Politics
7:50 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Fact-Checking the Popularity of Amendment Two

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 2:36 pm

In the midterm elections earlier this month in Florida, the constitutional amendment to allow for the distribution of medical marijuana needed 60 percent of the vote to pass.

Amendment Two received 57.6 percent.

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Politics
7:48 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

For Immigrants, Obama's Executive Order May Fall Short

Bishop Leo Frade of the Episcopal Diocese of South East Florida was among the immigration advocates urging President Onbama to 'go big' with his executive order.
Credit Rick Stone

President Obama on Thursday will outline the executive order he plans to issue to protect thousands of undocumented immigrants from deportation.  That news broke in Miami as immigrants and their advocates were beginning a rally at a church near downtown Miami. They were planing to tell the president to "go big" with his executive power.

But that may not happen.

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Politics
8:49 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Obama Prepares To Test Presidential Power With Immigration

Activists rally for President Obama to use executive powers to act on immigration. Critics say the president would be going too far.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 8:43 am

The White House says President Obama will act "relatively soon," on immigration, granting temporary legal status to a large number of immigrants who are in this country illegally. Obama is acting after the Republican-controlled House refused to take up a bipartisan Senate bill to overhaul the nation's immigration system.

The decision to use executive powers to do what Congress would not has some critics complaining that Obama is going too far. Not so long ago, he was making that argument himself.

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The Florida Roundup
11:40 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Florida's Role In Shaping The Political Landscape

On The Florida Roundup, NBC’s Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd joins us to talk about the changing political landscape nationally and Florida’s role in shaping it, including President Obama’s expected action on immigration reform.

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Politics
11:53 am
Fri November 7, 2014

The Florida Roundup: Gov. Scott Back And No Medical Marijuana

Gov. Rick Scott in an undated photo.
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr

  The negative political ads are over. Gov. Rick Scott wins re-election. How did that spell victory for Republicans, including Carlos Curbelo’s victory to the U.S. House?

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Politics
5:52 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Marijuana Backers Plot New Strategy

Jon Morgan

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:46 am

Supporters of medical marijuana may have lost their fight at the ballot box, but they're promising to take it back to the statehouse.

A day after Amendment 2 narrowly failed in Florida, the chairman and chief financier of the initiative said Wednesday that if lawmakers didn't successfully pursue the issue, it would be back before voters in 2016.

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