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US-Cuba Relations / Obama Interview / The Deal / A Discussion #1076118

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba with an exchange of prisoners, including the release of American contractor Alan Gross, introduced. [On ABC, President OBAMA - says we don't know about Fidel Castro's health.] [In statement, GROSS -says Cubanos are kind, but treated unjustly by their government.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; White House: Jim Acosta) The timing of the deal with Cuba after secret talks started last year & were led by official Ben Rhodes, the role of Pope Francis in resolving the negotiations between the US & Cuba, how the embargo & travel ban will still be in place discussed

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Havana: Patrick Oppmann) The reaction of the Cuban people to the news of a US-Cuba diplomatic deal with a prisoner swap discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The political reaction to the deal outlined. [Senator Marco RUBIO - criticizes the deal for being based on an illusion: it will help the Castro regime to maintain power.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Ana Navarro & Dan Restrepo about US relations with Cuba. [NAVARRO - says Cuban-Americans have political power when we are closer to the end of the Castro brothers' regime.] [RESTREPO - backs the deal for making the US more relevant in developments in Cuba; comments on the Cuban-American opposition to normalizing relations.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Acosta, Jim;
Oppmann, Patrick

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