Photo: Fidel Castro in 1959
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The latest report on employment makes it more likely than ever that the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates in a couple of weeks — even though workers are not being paid what they should in an improving economy. Binyamin Appelbaum, Washington correspondent for the New York Times, explains the motivation behind the Fed's move.
Hundreds of thousands of Cubans are turning out as the late Fidel Castro's remains are paraded across the island nation before Sunday's funeral. Much has changed since Fidel seized power in 1959. The Obama Administration has begun to normalize diplomatic relations and relax economic sanctions. But Donald Trump says he'll demand more change from Castro's brother, Raul, creating uncertainty — in Cuba itself, for Cuban Americans and recent investors. What role do hardliners in both countries still have to play?
Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press (@mweissenstein)
Brian Latell, Florida International University (@FIU)
Henry Godinez, Northwestern University / Goodman Theater (@GoodmanTheatre)
Tom Popper, Insight Cuba (@insightcuba)
At a "Thank You" rally last night in Cincinnati, Donald Trump got a campaign-style reception and made news by announcing a major cabinet nominee, "We are going to appoint Mad Dog Mattis as our Secretary of Defense.” The retired general is loved by fellow Marines and he has respect on Capitol Hill -- where he'll need it. To win confirmation, he must be exempted from a requirement designed to assure civilian control of the military.
President-elect Donald Trump (L) greets retired Marine Gen. James Mattis
for a meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club
in Bedminster, New Jersey, November 19, 2016.
Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters
National security consultant Erin Simpson, who taught Marines at Quantico and advised commanders in Afghanistan, says she loves Mattis -- but not as Secretary of Defense.
Erin Simpson, national security consultant and writer
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