As politically unpalatable as it may seem, the Obama administration’s decision to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism is an inevitable bow to reality. Cuba remains a repressive, one-party police state, but it no longer exports subversion throughout the hemisphere as it did when the Reagan administration placed it on the list in 1982. At the time, Cuba was actively engaged in supporting the FARC guerrilla movement in Colombia, among other terrorist groups. That’s what got it onto the list in the first place.
Granted, it’s not the massive overhaul promised at the start of Florida’s legislative session and, unfortunately, lawmakers remain stingy with the funding. However, advocates for mentally ill Floridians say that a handful of significant bills has sailed through both chambers.
Less than four months after it was announced that the United States would begin thawing relations with Cuba, the two sides are moving quickly to reestablish full diplomatic relations. But when it comes to human rights, Havana’s regime still appears frozen in time.
Although it’s far too early to proclaim the nuclear “framework” deal between Iran and five world powers an unqualified success, negotiators have delivered an agreement with surprising specificity that deserves serious consideration.
The intense backlash against a “religious objections” law in Indiana and a similar effort in Arkansas should send a clear message to lawmakers around the country: Gay-bashing is no longer a fashionable political sport. Unfortunately, not everyone has gotten the word.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and Police Chief Frank Adderley have moved with commendable speed to rid the department of four officers after a five-month internal affairs investigation confirmed their involvement in an ugly scandal over a racist video and racist text messages. But that can’t be the end of it.
Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth: In an all-too-rare but refreshing show of harmony, the U.S. House of Representatives last week approved a bipartisan compromise bill that fixes a serious, long-festering problem with Medicare payments and sent it to the Senate...where it awaits an uncertain future.
Florida lawmakers may be on the verge of making a mistake of historic proportions by letting a splendid opportunity to aid Everglades restoration and clean up waters east and west of Lake Okeechobee slip through their fingers this session.