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Demographic shifts bring change to policies on Cuba, drugs, gay rights
Demographic shifts bring change to policies on Cuba, drugs, gay rights

Writing about politics inspires a certain amount of déjà vu, time and again. Last week, like many before, served as a case in point. President Obama unleashed a surprise shift Wednesday in the nation's relationship with Cuba, a loosening of the strictures that have bound the Cold War-era policy for upward of 50 years. The news hit like a 7.0 on the San Andreas — due to both the sheer boggling fact of it and the ability of the administration to keep the endeavor that rare thing in Washington: a secret. But a look at voter sentiment about Cuba and specifically the measures long imposed against Castro's island underscored what made Obama's entreaty...

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