Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 7:54 am
The White House today said it "wouldn't rule out a visit from President Raul Castro" to Washington, a day after President Obama announced the U.S. and Cuba would begin talks to normalize relations and open embassies following more than five decades of hostility.
Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 7:38 pm
Native-born Americans are making up a smaller percentage of those living in some areas of the U.S. as immigration moves to become the key factor in population growth within the next quarter-century, according to a new analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts that examined county-level census data.
Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 7:28 pm
Latin American governments have long viewed Cuba as the region's David facing off against the Goliath of the United States. So from Mexico to Argentina, leaders are endorsing Wednesday's announcement that the two nations intend to normalize relations.
But this could prove awkward for Venezuela, which has been Cuba's closest ally and a fierce critic of Washington.
In public, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is praising the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba.
Former journalist Bob Gibson heads up the Sorenson Institute for Political leadership. Anita Kumar reported on Virginia politics for many years before taking her current post as a White House correspondent. Political scientist Bob Roberts studies and teaches public policy at James Madison University.
Roberts, Kumar, and Gibson... on hand for both a year end review of political news as well as some consideration of what likely lies ahead. Your views and predictions welcome too.
Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 7:32 pm
1. Obama, Raul Castro Announce Normalization Of Relations
President Obama said Wednesday the U.S. and Cuba will normalize relations, which have been strained since being severed in 1961. He spoke to Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday to finalize details of the announcement.
After nine years, Stephen Colbert is retiring the character he created for The Colbert Report, the conservative, self-important blowhard who opines about the news and the media. The final episode airs Thursday. Colbert will take over as host for The Late Show, replacing the retiring David Letterman.