Jun 16, 2017

Trump revises Obama's Cuba deal

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President Trump announced Friday that he is "cancelling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba" and replacing it with a new policy that seeks to both promote human rights as well as drastically limit travel to the country. His speech comes roughly a year after Barack Obama unveiled his own Cuba policy designed to strengthen U.S.-Cuba relations.

"To the Cuban government, I say put an end to the abuse of dissidents. Release the political prisoners. Stop jailing innocent people ... We will enforce the ban on tourism, we will enforce the embargo, we will take steps to make sure that investments flow to the people" so they can begin to build and invest in their future. ... We challenge Cuba to come to the table with a new agreement that is in the best interest of both their people and our people."

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Yes, but: The downsides of remote work — less casual interaction with colleagues, an over-reliance on Zoom, lack of in-person collaboration and longer hours — could over time diminish the short-term gains.

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

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Why space is good politics for Trump

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Trump's exuberance around today's scheduled SpaceX launch — including his decision to travel to Florida to watch — goes beyond a personal fascination with astronauts, rockets, and how to make money and wield power in the next frontier.

The bottom line: There's a presidential election in November, and the U.S. space program enjoys wide support across party lines. It's good politics for Trump, at least for now.