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Trump’s Cuba Policy: 7 Key Highlights

Jun 16, 2017, 3:29 pm EDT

President Trump’s Cuba policy was outlined Friday. Source: Shutterstock

There will be several major changes to our relationship with Cuba, as well as some things that will remain the same. Here are seven highlights:

    The POTUS will ensure that Cuba is responsible for Castro’s crime under his regime. This means that Trump will not be as friendly with the Caribbean nation as Obama was during the last couple of years of his tenure. “I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” Trump said. There will be further enforcement upon the authorized exemptions that allow travel between US and Cuba and ban trade with Cuban businesses that are owned by the military. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will build a task force that will help expand Internet access in Cuba. Trump will also work against the United Nations’ plans to lift the Cuban embargo with the intent of only allowing it when more is done to improve human rights in Cuba. Some things will remain the same, such as diplomatic relationships between the two nations, as well as the operation of the embassies in Washington and Havana.

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Democrats Sue President Trump Over Unconstitutional Business Practices

Jun 14, 2017, 1:43 pm EDT

Democrats have filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump, citing unconstitutional business practices. Source: Trump Gage Skidmore via Flickr (Modified)

So far, 196 members of of Congress — 30 from the House and 166 from the House — have joined in on a lawsuit that alleges the POTUS has accepted foreign gifts and payments since taking office in January.

The practices breach the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which bans government officials from accepting foreign gifts or payments without consent from Congress. The suit will be filed today with the U.S. District Court. Read 

Why Is Dennis Rodman in North Korea (Again)?

Jun 13, 2017, 3:40 pm EDT

Dennis Rodman is returning to North Korea, but the reasoning behind his trip is unclear.

The former Chicago Bulls star unveiled on Tuesday that he was returning to the Asian country, and added that he is in a mission. “I’m back!” Rodman shared while wearing a shirt for his sponsor.

The sponsor in question is PotCoin.com, which is a marijuana banking service that is funding Rodman’s “mission,” even though none of us know what that means. However, there is some speculation surrounding his return. Read 

Trump Workforce Development Week: 6 Things to Know

Jun 12, 2017, 3:01 pm EDT

Kicking off this Monday, it’s Trump workforce development week. Source: Shutterstock

The next few days are designed to improve the labor situation in this country. Here are six things you should know about it:

    The series of initiatives that will take place over the coming week will help streamline federal job training programs, while also adding more apprenticeship programs that will stimulate the economy and reduce unemployment rates. Leading the charge during Trump workforce development week will be the POTUS’ daughter Ivanka. The general plan is to make current labor development programs more efficient, while also re-organizing current development programs. The country currently has 43 job training programs across 13 different government agencies, tallying up to $16.7 billion a year in government funding. Some of these programs are not being as effective as the government would like. The POTUS and Ivanka will meet up with Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta at Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin for a roundtable discussion with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and local business owners. About 15 CEOs will take part in a conversation in the White House on Wednesday, led by Ivanka.

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Puerto Rico Votes ‘Yes’ to Become 51st U.S. State

Jun 12, 2017, 1:25 pm EDT

Puerto Rico held a vote on Sunday to determine if its citizens were in support of becoming a U.S. state.

The voting on Sunday saw 97% of voters agree that Puerto Rico should become the next state to join the United States. Governor Ricardo Rosselló is planning to use the positive results from the election to try and convince Congress to make the U.S. Territory into a state.

Rosselló is likely going to have a tough fight on his hands at convincing Congress to make Puerto Rico a state. The first problem is the low voter turnout. Only 23% of the population living on the island actually showed up to vote yesterday. Read 

UAE-Qatar: 12 Things to Know About the Diplomatic Crisis

Jun 7, 2017, 1:10 pm EDT

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar are facing a diplomatic crisis.

Here are a few things to know about the situation between UAE and Qatar.

    UAE is refusing to hold diplomatic and economic relationships with the country. The reason for this is the alleged support that Qatar has been giving to groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, as well as Iran. This has resulted in the country having its land, sea and air routes with its neighbors blocked off. UAE says that it will be willing to restore these routes and relations with the country if it stops funding Muslims extremists. The embargo facing the country has citizens of in the country stocking up on food in fear of a shortage. Qatar is hoping to receive supplies from Turkey and Iran, and will also use emergency food supplies while the embargo is in place. It is believed that the country has enough grain supplies set back to last for up to four weeks. Part of what set off the embargo was a news report that claim Qatar’s leader was speaking in a friendly manner about Iran. The country denies these claims and some reports say that they are fake news spread by Russian hackers. The UAE has also said that sympathizers with Qatar will possibly face jail time. Despite the pressure on the country, some vessels carrying crude oil out of the country are being allowed though the embargo. However, this only applies to vessels that do not belong to the country.

You can learn more about the diplomatic crisis between UAE and Qatar by following these links. Read 

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