Cleveland’s Port Authority has taken the first step to boost trade with Cuba. The authority signed a non-binding memorandum with Cuban officials during a visit to the island earlier this month.

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In the midst of escalating diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and Cuba, the city of Cleveland is trying to build business ties with the island nation.

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President Trump has announced new restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba, backtracking on the policy of greater engagement with the island pushed by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

"Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba," Trump told a cheering crowd of Cuban exiles in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. "Easing of restrictions on travel and trade does not help the Cuban people. They only enrich the Cuban regime."

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President Trump is preparing to announce changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba, possibly tightening restrictions on travel and trade that were loosened under former President Barack Obama.

Trump is expected to announce the changes in Miami on Friday.

The move was confirmed by a congressional source with direct knowledge of the situation.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has been leading the push for a more restrictive policy, along with his fellow Cuban-American, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.

Ernest Hemingway liked to get up early.

He did his best writing in the morning, standing in front of his typewriter, plucking the keys as fast as the words might come to him. This was fortunate, because by 11 a.m., the Havana heat began to creep into his rented room at the Hotel Ambos Mundos. He couldn't think in the swelter, much less write.

The Obama administration is ending a two-decade-old policy that allowed Cuban refugees to enter the United States without visas.

Known as the "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy, it began in 1995 under then-President Bill Clinton in response to a wave of Cubans fleeing the island in boats. The U.S. turned away those who were intercepted at sea ("wet-foot"), while permitting Cubans who managed to get to U.S. soil ("dry-foot") to stay and eventually become legal residents.

The Future of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Dec 1, 2016
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In the past few years President Barrack Obama has attempted to open relations with the island country of Cuba. However, the election of Donald Trump and the more recent death of Fidel Castro may be more impactful in shaping the future relationship between the United States and Cuba.

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has died at age 90, according to Cuban state media, confirms NPR.

Castro, who took power in the Cuban Revolution in 1959, led his country for nearly 50 years.

After undergoing intestinal surgery, Castro had ceded power in July 2006 to his younger brother Raul, who announced his death late Friday on Cuban state television.

Under Fidel Castro's direction, Cuba became the one and only communist state in the Western Hemisphere.

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My late father was an amateur big-band style singer with what used to be called a "Whiskey Tenor" type voice. One of his great hits was a World War II era ditty called that went: They were doin' the mambo....what the heck is the mambo?

They really did sing heck rather than anything saltier on those U.S.O. tours seventy years ago.

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President Obama’s recent visit to Cuba will by coincidence be the prelude to a month-long residency at Otterbein University next month by one of Cuba’s most celebrated musicians, as well as to the world premiere of a Cuban musical work and a series of concerts and master classes exploring Cuban music.

The Future of Cuba

Mar 29, 2016

President Obama recently took a historic trip to Cuba as part of his ongoing effort to normalize relations with the country. With his visit, many have questioned how Cuba will change once U.S-Cuba relations begin to stabilize. Today we will discuss the current state of Cuba and it's future. 

US - Cuba Relations

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More than 54 years ago America closed it's embassy in Havana. President Obama plans to change that. He announced last Wednesday that America would reopen it's embassy in Cuba, and in turn Cuba shall open it's embassy in Washington D.C. While the trade embargo is still in action, the two countries are trying to normalize their relationship. This hour, a look into what normalizing relations will look like.