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Yesterday, conservative House Republicans denounced the President for being too lenient with undocumented immigrants. Today, moderate members attacked him for too many deportations. Can the GOP get its act together in time to show unity during next year's presidential campaigns?

Also, trade and travel rules for Cuba take effect this week. On today's Talking Point, why do women tend to stay quiet in meetings? We hear what new research reveals about unconscious gender bias against women's competence and leadership.

Photo: Speaker John Boehner

Trade and Travel Rules for Cuba Take Effect This Week 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The Obama Administration today announced new rules for travel to Cuba. They'll take effect tomorrow. Strictly speaking, they don't allow tourism in the traditional sense. But one long-time student of US-Cuba relations says the travel ban has basically come to an end — after more than 50 years. She's Julia Sweig, author of Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know.

Julia Sweig, University of Texas-Austin (@JuliaSweig)


Julia E. Sweig

Newly Empowered Republicans Are Sending Mixed Messages 32 MIN, 31 SEC

Republicans are now in charge on Capitol Hill, but they're divided over how to thwart President Obama — at the same time trying to prove they can govern. Yesterday, House Republicans passed a bill holding the homeland security budget hostage to repeal of President Obama’s executive orders allowing "Dreamers" and other undocumented immigrants to live and work in this country. But 26 moderates voted "no." One said, "We have an obligation to act like adults." Today, at the GOP Congressional retreat in Hershey, Pennsylvania, they’re behind closed doors planning strategy with Senators. Meanwhile, the list of potential presidential nominees is growing fast. Will majorities on Capitol Hill help their chances or hurt them in 2016?

Jonathan Strong, Breitbart News Network (@j_strong)
John Feehery, Feehery Group (@JohnFeehery)
Peter Fenn, Fenn Communications / George Washington University (@peterhfenn)
Walter Shapiro, Roll Call / Yale University (@MrWalterShapiro)

Gallup Poll on whether GOP or Obama should have more influence
Wall Street Journal on Mitt Romney

What Happens When Women Speak Up? 10 MIN, 32 SEC

In the US Senate, powerful men speak more often than their junior male colleagues. But powerful women Senators don't take more time on the floor than less influential women. New research shows there are reasons for that, and it's not just female paranoia.

When Kanye West grabbed the microphone from MTV Music Award winner Taylor Swift and launched into a monologue, it was the most public example of what's called, "manterruption." That's according to Jessica Bennett, who's also written about "bropriating." She's a columnist at Time magazine and contributing editor for Sheryl Sandberg's nonprofit women's organization Lean In.

Jessica Bennett, New York Times (@jess7bennett)

Sandberg on why women stay quiet at work
Pew Research Center on women and leadership
Yale University study on gender, power, and volubility in organizations
'Heidi versus Howard' study

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