Dec 5, 2018

Cubans set to gain full mobile internet access this week

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The Cuban government said Tuesday that its citizens will gain full 3G internet access on their mobile phones this week, a luxury previously restricted to some tourists and government officials, the AP reports.

Why it matters: The communist country has historically restricted access to wireless services and has one of the world’s lowest rates of internet use, though the technology has expanded rapidly since President Barack Obama restored the United States' diplomatic relations with the island in 2014. Cubans previously only had access to state-run email accounts on their phones, but the cost of the new mobile data packages will likely be too great for most citizens who subsist on state-provided salaries.

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Hospitals are starting to get their coronavirus cash infusion

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The federal government is sending $64 billion to hospitals, post-acute facilities and other medical providers to help cope with the coronavirus fallout.

Yes, but: Even though more funding is coming, safety net and rural hospitals fear they are getting a raw deal from the way some of the money is being distributed.

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Biden, Sanders work toward truce on big issues

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Joe Biden isn’t about to become Bernie Sanders, but he’s signaling that there’s potential for more common ground on issues such as health care, student debt, climate change and more in the weeks ahead.

What to watch: As Biden courts Sanders' endorsement, their teams will hold policy discussions in the next few weeks with the expectation that Biden will incorporate some elements of Sanders' agenda, a person familiar with those plans tells Axios.

Some Trump aides eye May 1 start to coronavirus reopening

President Trump was flanked at yesterday's briefing by HHS Secretary Alex Azar (far left), Vice President Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump's aides, encouraged by virus data showing fewer deaths than once projected, are working behind the scenes to deliver on his vow to reopen America "sooner rather than later."

What to watch for: A senior White House official said there’s a lot of internal energy pushing for May 1, because that's the end of the White House's "30 Days to Slow the Spread."