FROM Sergio Bustos
Cuba, Florida and a Changing Political Landscape Outside the Versailles restaurant in Miami last night, Cuban-Americans protested and argued over President Obama’s decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. Three-quarters of America’s Cuban population lives in Florida, and it’s been a powerful political force in the state. Could the President’s decision change that?
Latino Voters and the Republican Party Republican strategists have known for years that it's time to reach out to Latinos, the fastest-growing voting bloc in the nation. In Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, Republican candidates made appeals to Tea Partiers and others concerned about the impact of illegal immigration. Starting tomorrow in Florida tomorrow, and Saturday in Nevada, Latino voters will be a major part of the electorate. Tomorrow's Florida primary is this year's first opportunity, and the presidential candidates know it.
Republican Candidates and Latino Voters Republican talk about an electric border fence, e-verify and deportation was one thing in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Tomorrow in Florida and Saturday in Nevada it will be a different story, when many voters will be Hispanics. Obama won 58 percent of Hispanics in 2008, but many are having second thoughts, especially because of the economy. What other issues concern them most? Are Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich hitting the right buttons? Can Republicans reconcile their appeals to Tea Partiers and the fastest growing bloc of American voters?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?