What Will Castro’s Death Mean For America? Plus, O’Donnell Goes After Trump’s Son
Yesterday, Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio noted that the current U.S. relations with Cuba need to be reevaluated under Trump. The statements come after the death of Fidel Castro. Many Washington voices are wondering exactly what will happen in the country now that Castro is dead, putting his brother, Raul, into even greater power. Rubio did give credit to Trump for the future, saying, “he has made very clear that he felt that the moves President Obama has made toward Cuba were wrong and that he would examine them and change the ones that needed to be changed. And I think that’s very promising.”
Cubans, however, fear the changes Trump will bring to U.S.-Cuban relations. Castro’s succession plans were put into motion before his death, starting with the takeover of Raul. Since announcement of Castro’s death, Cuba’s military and security maintain control of the country, and no organized protests or public dissent is being tolerated. Raul plans to step down in 2018, when he will be followed by Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel. Some hope Raul will bring about more advanced economic reforms, and draw in more revenue to the island via tourism. However, if Trump changes American relations, this could prove impossible.
A lawyer from the Clinton campaign admitted that they are participating in Jill Stein’s recount of Wisconsin votes. Marc Elias said they have received “hundreds of messages, emails and calls urging us to do something, anything, to investigate claims that the election results were hacked and altered in a way to disadvantage Secretary Clinton.” While no evidence has been found thus far, due to the large margin of victory and the many instances of foreign interference during the election season, they have “quietly taken a number of steps in the last two weeks to rule in or out any possibility of outside interference in the vote tally in these critical background states.” Clinton representatives will be present monitoring the Wisconsin vote recount, and will supply lawyers for any subsequent court battles.
Although officials in South Dakota are demanding protestors leave federal land starting Dec. 5, at the risk of being prosecuted for trespassing, many have vowed to remain as they are. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said that any who stay are not only at risk for legal repercussions, but also the harsh winter and dangerous conditions that follow. There are several hundred protestors that have started up a makeshift community on the land, and are preparing for the winter by bringing motor homes and trailers to the scene, as well as chopped wood and tents.
With the end of Thanksgiving weekend, retailers are reporting a decline in both revenue and traffic over Black Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Internet sales rose by double digits, however, passing up $3 billion on Black Friday for the first time ever. Meanwhile, sales at brick-and-mortar stores fell 5 percent over the weekend, with transactions falling 7.9 percent. However, sales are looking up moving forward. The National Retail Federation expects holiday season sales as a total to jump 3.6 percent. It’s projected consumers will spend an average total of $636 on holiday purchases this year, up 3 percent from last year.
The bird flu is spreading over northern Europe. In the Netherlands, about 190,000 ducks were killed over six farms, as outbreaks are reported there and in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Germany. Dutch officials are monitoring for the virus at every farm within three kilometers of the original discovery site, and poultry products are no longer permitted to be transported more than six miles.
Rosie O’Donnell is facing backlash after posting a seven-minute video of clips speculating that Barron Trump may be autistic. She tweeted the video out, saying, “Barron Trump Autistic? If so - what an amazing opportunity to bring attention the autism epidemic.” The comedian has been accused of “picking on” the child. Over the weekend, O’Donnell shared further information on her website, saying that her own daughter was diagnosed with autism in September, and that she was “immersing herself” in information regarding the condition in order to further her education. She published a poem explaining her feelings on autism, and then said she was merely bringing the possibility to the media’s attention, because a president’s son with autism would “help so much with the autism epidemic.”