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The GOP budget, Democrats and labor plus May 1 in Cuba

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We will look at the political stories of the day……was this the last May 1 in Cuba without a Castro…….the GOP and Obama Care…..the new federal budget makes no sense….why not pass a bill and send it to the Senate…..force the Senate Democrats to defend Obama Care……….North Korea is still a problem…….J Edgar Hoover died in 1972….Lou Gehrig’s streak ended in 1939…..and more stories……

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May 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Telemundo Dallas: Trump 100 days

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May 2, 2017 at 10:30 am

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Telemundo debate about sanctuary cities

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1972: The FBI and Director J. Edgar Hoover

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On May 2, 1972, Americans woke up to the news of Director Hoover’s death.   He had been running the FBI since 1924.    In other words, he started under President Coolidge and died under President Nixon, or 8 presidencies over 48 years.    

Director Hoover was indeed very controversial but also made the FBI into a very professional crime fighting organization.    Nevertheless, his career is Exhibit A that no one should be in such a powerful position for 5 decades!      

P.S Hoover was very concerned about communist influence in the US, as we can see in this book from 1959.    I recall reading this book in the 1970’s after Mr. Hoover’s death:

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May 2, 2017 at 9:00 am

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The last May 1 with a Castro?

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As you may know, they take May 1 pretty seriously in Cuba. It is a national holiday, or another excuse to get a bunch of “workers” to show up for a big speech.

In the U.S., workers go to the beach on Labor Day. In Cuba, they get the day off to listen to a speech. It’s been that way since the Castros came to power.

For years, it was a long speech by Fidel Castro. This week, it will was a sobering message from Raul Castro about the recession that the country is in.

May 1, 2017 may also be the last one witha Castro in power, as news agencies are reporting:  

The Cuban government’s traditional May Day parade Monday is the last to be overseen by President Raul Castro — and the first without his late brother and revolutionary predecessor Fidel.

The May 1 rally draws hundreds of thousands of Cubans into Havana’s Revolution Square in a sea of red, white and blue national flags and portraits of Fidel Castro.


But he died in November and Raul Castro, after just over a decade in power, has said he will step aside in February 2018.

Raul Castro has been cautiously opening up Cuba’s state-run economy and strengthening its foreign relations — notably by re-establishing diplomatic ties with the United States.

But Monday’s parade has the feel of the end of an era. It is not clear who will take Castro’s place next year.

Most rumors suggest it will be Miguel Diaz-Canel, 56, vice-president of the State Council. Despite ministerial experience and party credentials, he is seen as lacking a support base in the military.

“There is very high uncertainty about 2018,” said Pavel Vidal, a former official of Cuba’s central bank and an academic at Colombia’s Javeriana University.

“One could expect a process of continuity” of Raul Castro’s reforms, he added, “but not at the same speed.”

The so-called “continuity” could go in a couple of directions.

It may just be a superficial change. In other words, Raul Castro will continue to run the show from his mansion in Eastern Cuba. It’s hard for me to believe that Castro is going to give the keys to “Castro Inc.” to a bunch of people in the party. As we’ve posted, Castro Inc. is a big money enterprise.   

At the same time, Raul is in his late 80s and I don’t get the impression that he enjoys governing that much. He may take his millions and leave the scene all together. Don’t overlook that possibility because Raul may not want to be around when the roof caves in!

It won’t happen right away because there is loyalty to Raul. I believe that the whole thing will collapse without a Castro. The regime was very good at surviving, but not at training the next line of managers to run the mess that their policies created.   

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May 2, 2017 at 6:13 am

May 2, 1939: Gehrig ended streak

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Lou Gehrig’s amazing career, as well as streak, ended on this day in 1939:

“On May 2, 1939, New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig benches himself for poor play and ends his streak of consecutive games played at 2,130.

“The Iron Horse” was suffering at the time from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), now known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”

He never played again and died two years later.


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May 2, 2017 at 3:00 am