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For the first time in almost 90 years, an American President has gone to Havana — but it's unclear how much political distance he's traveled. The Castro regime is still rounding up political dissidents, and Congress will not lift the economic embargo. We hear about a historic visit and the potential outcomes.

Later on the program, Donald Trump is forcing Republican Party leaders to concede they might have a “contested convention” after all—rather than rubber-stamping the will of primary voters. We hear what could happen if Trump can't get the delegates needed before the GOP gets to Cleveland.

Photo: President Barack Obama waves to people as he enters a restaurant in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 20, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Paul von Zielbauer
Jenny Hamel

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90 Years of History 90 Miles Away 34 MIN, 40 SEC

After yesterday's landing in Cuba, just 90 miles from American shores, President Obama spoke at the newly reopened US embassy. "It's been nearly 90 years since a US President stepped foot in Cuba. It is wonderful to be here." But his trip hasn't left controversy behind. The President's criticized for encouraging business deals without demanding important concessions. Meantime, the Castro regime is cracking down on the wives and daughters of political prisoners and telling dissidents Obama wants to meet to stay home. Cuba wants the end of America's economic embargo. We hear how the historic visit is going. 

Guests:
Ann Louise Bardach, journalist and author (@albardach)
William LeoGrande, American University (@wmleogrande)
Frank Calzon, Center for a Free Cuba (@FrankCalzon2014)
Marc Hanson, Washington Office on Latin America (@marcbhanson)
Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times (@TracyKWilkinson)

Back Channel to Cuba

William M. LeoGrande

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Kyle Kondik is Managing Editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball and Spokesman for the University of Virginia Center for Politics. He's also author of the forthcoming book, The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President.

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