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Cuban-Americans Travel to Washington, D.C. to Protest in Front of White House, Cuban Embassy

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Throughout last week, Cuban-Americans across the country stood in solidarity with Cuba through local protests. They took it one step further by traveling to Washington, D.C. on Saturday and making sure the nation’s leaders could hear their requests for Cuba’s freedom.

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  • The demonstrators crowded around the White House to demand President Joe Biden offer assistance to America’s neighboring island. Although Biden stated he would consider sending US technology to send internet services to Cuba, it has become increasingly obvious to Cuban-Americans that he does not intend to prioritize the crisis.
  • When protests erupted last Sunday in Cuba, citizens began asking for the United States to intervene in the crisis. Protestors on the island waved American flags and chanted the word “freedom.” Despite possibly facing jail time or execution for talking against the Cuban regime, people also took to social media to ask for President Biden’s assistance.

 

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  • Many protestors stood outside the White House waving anti-communist signs and the Cuban flag until sundown. Some also came to protests with bloody makeup to symbolize how the island’s communist government murders its citizens. Citizens additionally sang “Patria Y Vida,” the movement’s anthem.

  • Protestors emphasized that demonstrations would make Biden prioritize the crisis. One person told Miami’s local channel WSVN that more people die every moment Biden spends contemplating his intervention. Additionally, another person stated the only way he could help his people is by taking it to the White House.

“I’m here to tell please to Joe Biden, if they can help all the Cubans, that they need food, they need water, clean water. The kids need toys… You see, in America, we have almost everything, so we need everyone in Cuba to have the same things,” said 10-year-old Virginian Camila Fernandez.

  • Demonstrators also traveled to the Cuban Embassy’s office in D.C. When they arrived, they saw a banner that read “Cuban Lives Matter. End the blockade now!” Furthermore, the Embassy blasted music to drown out the protestor’s chants as the sign spread false information on the Cuban crisis. This upset many and proved that the island’s ambassadors would not hear their pleas. Regardless, the Cuban-Americans raised their voices louder to ensure people inside the embassy could hear them.

In addition, demonstrators declared they would continue fighting for Cuban freedom and all the countries facing communist regimes.

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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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