Jun 10, 2017

Trump to announce new Cuba policy next week

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Trump is expected to announce next Friday a policy that could reverse Obama-era flexibility on who can travel to and do business with Cuba, according to the The Miami Herald. That would make true on a campaign promise — he said in September 2016 he would "reverse" the concessions Obama gave to Cuba.

What to expect: Trump favoring Cuban-Americans who were exiled during Fidel Castro's regime, who Trump views as key to his Florida election win. Politico reports many think he won't reverse the "wet-foot/dry-foot" policy that allowed Cuban immigrants to become legal residents in the U.S. And Trump could limit business with the Cuban military and cut U.S. tourism there, per The Herald.

National security implications: Seven GOP lawmakers have urged Trump to keep Obama's policies on Cuba since Russia and China are enhancing their relationship with Cuba right now, on oil and trade, respectively.

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Texas oil regulators poised to debate historic production controls

Workers extracting oil from oil wells in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas. Photo: Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images

Texas oil regulators are likely to hold a hearing in April on whether to take the historic step to curb the state’s oil production amid a global market collapse fueled by the coronavirus.

Driving the news: Ryan Sitton, one of three commissioners of the Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees state oil production, told Axios that a hearing will likely be held soon in response to a renewed request earlier Monday from two oil companies to limit production as one way to stem the steep slide in global oil prices.

America under lockdown

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

If you thought March felt like the longest month in American history, just wait for April and May, when people will be forced to witness spring from the indoors.

The big picture: 28 states are in or entering lockdown, with Maryland and Virginia joining those ranks today. So is D.C., as its mayor made official this afternoon. Those states include roughly 3/4 of the American people, the N.Y. Times notes.

Ford, GE aim to make 50,000 ventilators in 100 days

A Model A-E ventilator, left, and a simple test lung. The ventilator uses a design that operates on air pressure without the need for electricity, addressing the needs of most COVID-19 patients. Photo: Ford

Ford and GE Healthcare announced plans on Monday to build a simplified ventilator design licensed from a Florida medical technology company, with the goal of producing 50,000 machines by early July, and up to 30,000 a month thereafter, to fight the coronavirus.

Why it matters: The companies are moving in "Trump time" to meet demand for urgently needed ventilators, says White House Defense Production Act Coordinator Peter Navarro. But with deaths expected to peak in two weeks, the machines won't arrive in large numbers in time to help the hardest-hit cities.

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