WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama gave a spirited defense of his economic strategy on Tuesday, saying there were signs of progress in battling the recession, but “by no means are we out of the woods just yet.”
In a measured break with a half-century of U.S. policy toward communist Cuba, the Obama administration lifted restrictions Monday on Cuban-Americans who want to travel and send money to their island homeland.
In a further gesture of openness, U.S. telecommunications firms were freed to seek business there, too. But the broader U.S. trade embargo remained in place.
Just as he did in early January, Democrat Al Franken stood outside his Minneapolis house Monday night and pronounced himself ready to fill Minnesota’s empty Senate seat. He may have to repeat the exercise one or two more times before his exhausting election battle is really over.
A unanimous three-judge panel ruled in Franken’s favor, but former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman swiftly announced he would take his fight to the state Supreme Court. That appeal — and other legal maneuvers — could mean weeks more delay in seating Minnesota’s second senator.