Apr 17, 2019

Trump administration announces new policy crackdown on Cuba

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The Trump administration is rolling back another Obama-era decision by restoring limits on the remittance U.S. citizens can send to family in Cuba and restricting Americans travel to the island, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Axios' Dave Lawler says the move comes in the context of Washington's standoff with Nicolas Maduro's regime in Venezuela. Cuba is a close ally of Maduro's and its military intelligence operatives help him maintain his power.

Details: National security adviser John Bolton announced the restrictions on Wednesday, adding that the U.S. will impose new sanctions against Venezuela and Nicaragua to curb U.S. dollar transactions within their banking systems, per the Washington Post.

Catch up quick:

  • The Trump administration also plans to roll out policy so U.S. citizens can sue for land seized by the government after the Cuban Revolution in 1959, reports the Los Angeles Times.
  • On Tuesday, the administration ended Major League Baseball's deal with the Cuban Baseball Federation that allows Cuban players to enter the U.S. legally without defecting.
  • The U.S. State Department eliminated its 5-year visas for Cubans in March.

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In photos: Trump visits Taj Mahal after massive rally in India

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Taj Mahal. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump visited India's Taj Mahal on Monday, hours after telling a massive crowd at a rally in Ahmedabad that he hopes to reach a trade deal with his "true friend" Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day visit to the country.

Why it matters: The countries are forging deeper ties as India’s location, size and economic growth make it the "obvious counterweight to China" for American policymakers.

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Coronavirus stress tests drug industry's dependence on China

A Hong Kong commuter wears a face mask. Photo: Miguel Candela/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

It's unclear whether the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus will actually result in prescription drug shortages, but it has undoubtedly highlighted the potential vulnerabilities of having the supply chain for American drugs so dependent on China.

Driving the news: About 150 prescription drugs — including antibiotics, generics and some branded drugs without alternatives — are at risk of shortage if the coronavirus outbreak in China worsens, per two sources familiar with a list of at-risk drugs compiled by the Food and Drug Administration.

Bernie's path to the presidency

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks yesterday during a rally at Houston University. Photo: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images

Lots of Democrats are in full panic that Bernie Sanders will win the nomination and get clobbered in the general election — and bring the party down, too. But the evidence, particularly the polling, doesn't back those doomsday warnings.

Why it matters: Virtually every national and swing state poll shows Sanders tied with or beating President Trump.  And, unlike every rival, he has a huge base of fervent, unshakable supporters he can only grow.