Report: U.S. to Ease Cuba Travel Restrictions

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The New York Times reports that the Obama administration is planning to make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba.

The U.S. would still keep the embargo, which has been in place for 10 years, but it would allow academic, cultural and religious groups to visit the country.  According to the Times:

“Those policies, officials said, fostered robust exchanges between the United States and Cuba, allowing groups — including universities, sports teams, museums and chambers of commerce — to share expertise as well as life experiences.”

This would be a significant political step, but one that experts say would not affect election results. Though some Cuban-Americans are very outspoken against Castro and Havana, polls show that many Cuban-Americans have softened their opinion of Cuba in recent years.