Marco Rubio’s Havana moment . . . A day after fellow Floridian Jeb Bush announced he’s seriously exploring a presidential run — dampening Rubio’s 2016 prospects — the senator took back the spotlight by emerging as the face of GOP opposition to the White House’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba. Politico
Obama blames U.S. for denying Cubans tech access . . . “Unfortunately, our sanctions on Cuba have denied Cubans access to technology that has empowered individuals around the globe. So I’ve authorized increased telecommunications connections between the United States and Cuba.” CNS News
Obama gambles with Florida . . . The surprise move represents a bold political gamble on behalf of his party that demographic and generational change in the ultimate swing state will offset the inevitable backlash from Florida’s aging exile community. Politico
Cuban blogger: Gross a “hook” to release spies . . . “The contractor wasn’t arrested for what he did, but rather for what they could do with him,” wrote Yoani Sanchez. “For those of us who know the mechanism of pressure used by the Plaza of the Revolution toward its opponents, the capture of Gross itself was a move aimed at recovering the Interior Ministry’s agents.” CNS News
IRS forced to cut enforcement . . . The IRS will freeze hiring and stop overtime as a result of the budget cuts just passed by Congress, according to an email obtained by Politico.
Nice Michelle story became racism . . . She previously said a request for help from someone at Target was an adorable story. Now, it’s a racist assumption the black woman was there to perform a service. Truth Revolt
Part of a People article in which the Obamas detailed their racial slights.
Where’s the rest of the Syria coalition? . . . Although President Barack Obama’s administration announced the Syrian air strikes three months ago as a joint campaign by Washington and its Arab allies, nearly 97 percent of the strikes in December have been carried out by the United States alone, according to U.S. military data provided to Reuters.