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Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Admits to Government Failures

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Cuba President Miguel Díaz-Canel stated on Wednesday that the government’s handling of food shortages and other problems played an extreme role in the citizens’ unrest.

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  • Díaz-Canel’s admission on national television drastically changes the communist regime’s narrative. When the protests began, Díaz-Canel, the communist newspaper Granma, and other leaders blamed the United States embargo and social media for provoking violence. The Cuban President declared his government needed to “gain experience” from the demonstrations. Díaz-Canel also said he and other leaders would need to critically analyze Cuba’s problems to ensure they do not repeat the same mistakes.
  • Prior to Díaz-Canel’s remarks, Prime Minister Manuel Marrero declared the country would ease some measures. These include allowing Cuban citizens to bring toiletries, food, and medicines home after traveling. Marrero also said the government would work to improve the national electricity system’s stability. Officials would additionally attempt to refine the country’s medical supplies. Although Cuba produces its own medication, its inputs must be imported from other nations. Furthermore, Economy Minister Alejandro Gil stated the state-owned enterprises’ directors can now determine salaries beyond Cuba’s regulations. Gil mentioned the government will even permit the formation of small and medium-sized enterprises, which they never allowed.
  • However, in the same broadcast, Díaz-Canel scorned protestors for their actions. He said the Cuban society does not “generate hatred.” This may prove to Cubans that the government’s actions seem superficial.

 “The feeling of Cubans is a feeling of solidarity and these people carried out these armed acts, with vandalism … yelling for deaths … planning to raid public places, breaking, robbing, throwing stones,” said Díaz-Canel.

  • Since Sunday, Cubans have rebelled against Díaz-Canel and the Communist Party of Cuba by calling for their removal. Tensions between the government and its citizens reached an all-time high due to a lack of effort to reduce COVID-19 exposure, food shortages, power outages, and economic inflation. Instead of listening to the people, Díaz-Canel asked policemen, the military, and supporters of the regime to fight the demonstrators. The government also blocked internet and social media access so other nations could not see the demonstrations; Cuba now allows internet on the island, but it is unreliable. US President Joe Biden declared he would consider actions to improve internet access to Cuba on Thursday.

Despite the new measures, Cubans will continue to fight for governmental change. Since Fidel Castro took control of Cuba in 1959, the country has been under a communist regime. It has resulted in a lack of freedom, poverty, and overall decay of the once beautiful island.

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Senate Prepares to Move Forward with Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

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On Monday, the Senate pushed to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill just hours after its legislative language was completed and unveiled. Senators who created the proposal expect it to clear the upper chamber in the following days.

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  • Senate negotiators completed the 2,702-page bill on Sunday night. The bill, known as H.R. 3684, aims to provide $550 billion to fund the nation’s roads, bridges, railways, and public transit systems.
  • Since then, the Senate began taking up two amendments to the proposal. In addition, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer previewed three bipartisan amendments for consideration. Currently, it is uncertain how many amendments the Senate will consider. However, Schumer wants to vote on amendments quickly; he also noted that the first three “constitute only the first tranche of potential amendments.”
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell commented that H.R. 3684’s text lays out “a good and important jumping point for what needs to be a robust and bipartisan process” on the Senate floor. McConnell added that an “artificial timetable” must not affect the Senate’s “full consideration” of the bill.
  • On July 28, the bipartisan group of Senators and the White House reached an agreement on H.R. 3684’s details. Officials also voted 66-28 on the deal, which opened the package to potential changes during the amendment process. After this, Senators worked throughout the weekend to hammer out the legislative language.
  • If the Senate passes H.R. 3684, it will be a significant victory for President Joe Biden. A key proposal in his economic agenda, Biden boasted on the impact H.R. 3684 will hold on the nation. On Sunday, he tweeted that the deal is the most important investment in America’s public transit history. He additionally stated the bill will impact the U.S. just as much as the invention of the Amtrak 50 years ago.

If Congress approves H.R. 3684, it will ensure that Democrats may begin work on a $3.5 trillion proposal that focuses on Biden’s plans for childcare, healthcare, education, the environment, and possibly immigration. Doing so will ensure another success on Pres. Biden’s behalf.

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Florida Breaks Record for COVID-19 Hospitalizations

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Florida recently saw 10,207 hospitalizations caused by coronavirus cases, the highest number since July 23, 2020.

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  • On July 23, 2020, Florida reached a high of 10,170 hospitalizations, just six months before the COVID-19 vaccine became available. The new record makes Florida the leader in per capita hospitalizations for the virus.
  • Most of the new cases come from the highly contagious Delta variant. On average, Florida sees 1,525 adult and 35 children hospitalizations daily. In addition, Saturday revealed a peak in positive numbers, as the stated reported  21,683 occurrences of COVID-19. The day prior, the Sunshine State saw 17,093 cases.
  • Many hospital employees believed the excess hospitalizations would end soon because of an increase in vaccinations. However, the Delta variant changed all this. The Associated Press wrote that several hospitals, including the Mayo Clinic Florida and the UF Health North emergency room, needed to operate overcapacity and put beds in hallways to treat patients; the Mayo Clinic will continue to do so until the current surge ends. In Tampa, some local ambulances already needed to divert ambulances to other locations because of capacity concerns.
  • The higher numbers also are a direct result of a loosening of restrictions and a governor’s stubbornness. Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis actively declares he will not enact any more mask mandates and vaccine requirements. Along with the state Legislature, this makes it difficult for local officials to impose restrictions that will ease the positive numbers.
  • Medical officials scorned DeSantis for his adamance on the issue. Dr. Bernard Ashby, a Miami-based vascular cardiologist and Florida State Lead for the Committee to Protect Health Care, commented that the state would not be in its position now if DeSantis focused more on lowering cases than proving Dr. Anthony Fauci wrong. Gainesville infectious disease expert Dr. Frederick Southwick agreed with Ashby’s statement, saying that DeSantis needed to stop acting like “Florida won the pandemic.”

DeSantis recently announced that Florida would resist any federal authorities’ campaigns to enforce mask mandates inside schools despite the criticism.

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NY Attorney General: Gov. Cuomo harassed women, tried to retaliate against accuser

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NEW YORK — Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday announced the findings of her inquiry into accusations against Andrew Cuomo, concluding that the governor sexually harassed multiple women. James said victims included current and former employees, and that Cuomo tried to retaliate against at least one woman who came forward. Over 179 people were interviewed.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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