Will Obama hand Gitmo to Cuba? . . . President Obama’s drive to normalize ties with communist Cuba is raising new concerns among security officials and experts that the administration will give up the strategic naval base at Guantanamo Bay in deal with Havana. Washington Free Beacon
Obama launches three-day roadshow . . . Obama on Wednesday heads to Detroit, where the president plans to kick off a three-day pre-State of the Union trip with a visit to a Ford auto plant. White House officials have cast the roadshow as an opportunity for the president to sketch out his vision ahead of the speech later this month while capitalizing on some of the political momentum gained last month. He’ll also visit Arizona and Tennessee. The Hill
Obama will be a mile away from scandal-ridden Phoenix VA, but won’t stop by. “If President Obama wanted to get the ground truth — and send a signal of strong leadership — he would take the time to visit the Phoenix VA hospital during his forthcoming trip to that neighborhood. Unfortunately, President Obama has yet to show leadership in the fight to reform and fix the VA,” says Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America.
Paul moves to cut aid to Palestinians . . . Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) introduced a bill late Tuesday that would fully eliminate U.S. aid to the Palestinians until their leadership withdraws a controversial bid to join the International Criminal Court. Washington Free Beacon
Rubio: Cancel Cuba talks . . . Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) called on the White House to cancel upcoming diplomatic talks with Cuba until the Castro regime follows through on its agreement to release 53 political prisoners in a letter to President Obama on Tuesday. Washington Free Beacon
Cuba crackdown sets record in 2014 . . . The Cuban government may have opened some economic doors in recent years, but it maintains an iron fist when it comes to opposition to its policies or to the revolution. Fox News Latino
Bill Clinton linked to sex offender . . . Lawyers sifting through documents related to the case of Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy sex offender accused of pimping out an underage girl to Britain’s Prince Andrew, stumbled across an interesting finding among the filings: 21 email and telephone contacts for former President Bill Clinton and his personal aide, Doug Band. Politico