The Daily Fix: U.S. Will Restore Diplomatic Relations With Cuba
Cubans celebrated while U.S. conservatives wrung their hands on Wednesday after President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba would restore diplomatic ties. Pope Francis made a crucial personal appeal to Raul Castro, according to The New York Times, and Cuba agreed to release an American intelligence agent who had been in jail there for 20 years in exchange for three Cuban prisoners held in the United States. Alan Gross, a U.S. development subcontractor who was arrested in Cuba in 2009 while working for USAID, was also released.
Obama said Wednesday that the United States plans to open an embassy in Havana and take Cuba off a list of countries that support terrorism. The travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba will also be loosened.
Some questions that remain unanswered are what this action means for the U.S. military’s Guantánamo Bay detention facility and how it will affect the 2016 elections.
In other news…
Interview Over: Because of threats that now appear to have come from the North Korean government, Sony has canceled the release of The Interview, a comedy about an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Hackers who attacked Sony email accounts earlier in December warned Americans to stay away from theaters showing the film. (via BBC News)
Work Out Your DNA: New research on epigenetics has found evidence that exercise can change how your genes function. (via The New York Times)
Job Gains: Unemployment benefit applications dropped to the lowest number since late October, more evidence that U.S. job security is improving. (via The Associated Press)
Putin Pins Blame on U.S.: In a press conference Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the country’s economy will rebound within two years and blamed sanctions against Russia for the historically low value of the ruble. (via The Guardian)
The Daily Fix is your chance to act today to change tomorrow’s headlines by taking action on the latest stories. Look for links to petitions, pledges, and other social actions embedded throughout these news items. Tweet your #TheDailyFix ideas to Staff Writer Nicole Pasulka.