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Former Cuban President Raul Castro at a National Assembly's session to present discussing new constitutional reforms. Photo: Jorge Beltran/AFP/Getty Images

Former President Raul Castro, who heads a commission that drafts constitutional changes, has proposed amendments that would limit the age of future presidents to 60 and open the path to same-sex marriage, reports the Miami Herald.

Why it matters: Castro, 86, has often called for a "generational change" in the country's leadership, and the move to allow same-sex marriage is a major reverse in a country that once persecuted homosexuals, but later apologized for doing so before advancing LGBT rights.

The details: The changes would also remove the word "Communism" from the Constitution. But maintains that the country’s socialist system is "irrevocable" and the Communist Party is the only legal one.

  • The draft limits presidents to only two terms, and requires them to be no older than 60 at the start of the first term. It also called for a division of power at the government's top leadership, per the Herald.
  • Parliament will continue to elect the President, rather than voters — a change many Cubans want.
  • The president will be less of a "ceremonial" position and have tangible authority and nominate a prime minister.
  • The draft has to be approved by the National Assembly and then voted on through a referendum.

The backdrop: This comes three months after Miguel Diaz-Canel, Castro's hand-picked successor, became president. He is the first leader not named Castro in six decades. Castro, who succeeded his brother Fidel as president in 2006, has remained head of the Communist Party. Diaz-Canel's role is largely symbolic for the time being.

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A woman accused of breaching the Capitol and planning to sell to Russia a laptop or hard drive she allegedly stole from Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office was arrested in Pennsylvania's Middle District Monday, the Department of Justice said.

Driving the news: Riley June Williams, 22, is charged with illegally entering the Capitol as well as violent entry and disorderly conduct. She has not been charged over the laptop allegation and the case remains under investigation, per the DOJ.

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The incoming Biden administration will reverse President Trump's last-minute order to lift COVID-19 related travel restrictions, Jen Psaki, the incoming White House press secretary, tweeted.

Why it matters: President Trump ordered entry bans lifted for travelers from the U.K., Ireland, Brazil and much of Europe to go into effect Jan. 26, but the Biden administration will "strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Jen Psaki said. Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Trump will no longer be president by the time the order is set to go into effect.

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.