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Hillary Clinton is still playing it coy when it comes to another run for the White House.  Jeb Bush has beat her to the punch, becoming the first major player to say he'll “actively explore” a possible campaign.  We hear early assessments of what's in store between now and 2016.

Also, President Obama opens a door to Cuba.

Photo: Gage Skidmore

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Evan George
Benjamin Gottlieb

President Obama Opens a Door to Cuba 22 MIN, 53 SEC

More than 50 years after the US ended diplomatic relations with Cuba, President Obama made history today — renewing ties that were ended before he was born. There have been 18 months of secret negotiations, ended by a phone call with Raoul Castro, the President of Cuba. The Administration will open an embassy in Havana, ask Congress to end the trade embargo and use other means to improve Cuba's human rights record.

We hear how the deal came about, the role of Pope Francis, and sample political reaction.

Guests:
Michael D. Shear, New York Times (@shearm)
Julia Sweig, University of Texas-Austin (@JuliaSweig)
Ruben Navarrette, Jr., political columnist (@RubenNavarrette)
Ryan Lizza, New Yorker magazine (@RyanLizza)

More:
Marco Rubio on reports of change in US policy toward Cuba, release of Alan Gross
Shear on Obama putting Republican critics on notice, pursuing his earlier campaign promises

Cuba

Julia E. Sweig

Jeb Bush Explores Running in 2016 27 MIN, 20 SEC

Political pundits have been taking another look at the "inevitability" of Hillary Clinton as the next Democratic presidential nominee.  She has still not given a signal, despite urging from supporters and contributors.  Now Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida and the brother and son of former presidents, has become the first major player to indicate he’ll "actively explore" a run for the White House.  We handicap the likely candidates from both parties.

Guests:
Ryan Lizza, New Yorker magazine (@RyanLizza)
Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist (@MZHemingway)
Doug Henwood, Left Business Observer (@DougHenwood)
David Weigel, Bloomberg Politics (@daveweigel)

More:
Lizza on Hillary Clinton and the drawbacks of being the front-runner
Hemingway on why Bush's presidential exploration is going nowhere
The Federalist on Warren as the face of modern Democrats, Hillary as their Mitt Romney
Henwood on opposition to a Clinton dynasty
Weigel on the Right not being ready for Bush
Weigel on Bernie Sanders

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