The Florida Republican primary on March 15 is Marco Rubio's last chance to salvage his sinking campaign. If Donald Trump beats Rubio is his home state, the freshman senator is finished. No doubt Rubio hopes that his Cuban American heritage will help him wrack up an overwhelming majority among the state's most reliably Republican constituency. But, ironically, Rubio's strident opposition to President Barack Obama's opening to Cuba may backfire, and prove to be his downfall.

On December 17, 2014, when Obama announced his intention to normalize relations with Cuba, Rubio's reaction, like that of most Republican presidential hopefuls, was predictably scathing. "This president is the single worst negotiator we have had in the White House in my lifetime," Rubio declared. Obama gave the Cuban government "everything it asked for and received no assurances of any advances of democracy and freedom." He went on to call the opening to Cuba "absurd...outrageous and disgraceful." 

Rubio caustic commentary garnered considerable press attention and raised his profile among the crowded field of Republican contenders-- so he kept at it. When the White House announced that Obama would travel to Cuba later this month, Rubio hit the same themes."A year and two months after the opening of Cuba, the Cuban government remains as oppressive as ever," he said. Obama's trip would have "disastrous consequences."...

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Date Title
3/31/16 Meet the lawyer who paid for the Rolling Stones concert in Havana
Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald
3/30/16 Obama's words may foster change among Cuba's youth
Mario Cartaya, Sun Sentinel
3/30/16 End the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba
Editorial Opinion, Star Tribune
3/30/16 Unusual dissent erupts inside Cuban Communist Party
Associated Press
3/30/16 How I spent 24 hours on Cuban Wi-Fi
Franco Ordoñez, McClatchy
3/29/16 Cuba's Fidel Castro knocks sweet-talking Obama after 'honey-coated' visit
3/28/16 Who shot 7 Cuban migrants? 6 in hospital while others await return home
Alfonso Chardy, The Miami Herald
3/28/16 Obama’s visit stirs call for change in Cuba — but will it last?
3/28/16 The Rolling Stones Rock Cuba
3/28/16 A momentous week in Cuba: From Barack Obama to Mick Jagger
Michael Weissenstein, AP
3/26/16 With Obama Visit to Cuba, Old Battle Lines Fade
Damien Cave, The New York Times
3/25/16 Cuba's journey from rock labor brigades to the Rolling Stones
3/25/16 To Beat the Rush, Americans Rush to Cuba, Overloading Services
Frances Robles, The New York Times
3/25/16 After Cuba trip, Miami Beach mayor announces support of local consulate
3/25/16 Hotels and Wi-Fi in Cuba Now, Human Rights, Eventually
William LeoGrande, Foreign Policy
3/25/16 Rolling Stones Fans Getting Ready For Historic Concert in Cuba
3/25/16 U.S. companies line up to do business in Cuba
L.A. Times
3/24/16 Google and Obama Administration Connect Over Cuba
The Wall Street Journal
3/24/16 Cuba's Communist State Is Now A Client Of Its Capitalist Entrepreneurs
Tim Padgett, WLRN
3/24/16 What Obama’s Historic Visit to Cuba Really Means for U.S. Businesses
3/24/16 Obama Cuba visit sets new tone
3/23/16 Carnival Will Begin Cruises to Cuba in May
The New York Times
3/23/16 Are there political prisoners in Cuba?
3/23/16 Obama leaves Cuba, but Obama effect remains
3/23/16 Mr. Obama’s Honest Message in Cuba
Editorial Opinion, The New York Times
3/23/16 US telecom businesses struggling to make connections as Cuba opens up
Mark Walsh, The Guardian
3/22/16 Obama takes message of democracy to the people of Cuba
CSM, Yahoo
3/22/16 Obama: Reconciliation is critical to Cuba's future
CNBC, Yahoo
3/22/16 Obama invokes 'future of hope' for Cuban people
BBC Mundo
3/22/16 Full Transcript: US President Obama's Speech to People of Cuba
Voice of America
3/22/16 Obama offers support to Cuban entrepreneurs
USA Today
3/22/16 Obama appeals for political freedoms in speech to Cubans
3/21/16 Cubans Pack the Streets for a Glimpse of President Obama
Julie Hirschfeld Davis & Damien Cave, The New York Times
3/21/16 The U.S. & Cuba: Obstacles to Full Normalization
Tomas Bilbao, The Huffington Post
3/21/16 Obama in Cuba: 'Change is gonna happen here'
Nick Gass, Politico
3/21/16 Google to expand Wi-Fi and broadband access in Cuba, Obama reveals
Andrew Buncombe, The Independent
3/21/16 Obama's Cuba policy gains new fans
Edward-Isaac Dovere, Politico
3/19/16 Influential Cuban-Americans Changed Stance on Embargo
Jose de Cordoba, The Wall Street Journal
3/18/16 1st direct mail to Cuba in five decades includes Obama note to Cuban pen pal
Miami Herald
3/18/16 Where Obama Sees Opportunity in Cuba, U.S. Companies See Hurdles
3/18/16 Obama’s trip to Cuba provokes strong emotions
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
3/18/16 The Republican Who Wants to Open Up Cuba
Nick Gillespie, The Republic
3/18/16 Cuba willing to drop 10 percent penalty on U.S. dollar exchanges
The Miami Herald
3/18/16 Let’s open the door to Cuba and its promising diabetes treatments
San Francisco Chronicle
3/18/16 What Obama's Cuba visit must accomplish
The Hill
3/18/16 Embracing Cuba
Editorial Opinion, The Houston Chronicle
3/18/16 U.S. Competes With China for Influence in Cuba
Wall Street Journal
3/17/16 Obama Hopes Cuba Trip Will Make Normalization 'Irreversible'
3/17/16 Cuba changing, but only slowly, since Obama's policy shift
3/17/16 With Historic Trip to Cuba, Obama Aims to Accelerate a Policy Shift
The Wall Street Journal
3/17/16 Castro, speech, dissidents, baseball and business to highlight Obama’s Cuba trip
Nora Gamez Torres, The Miami Herald
3/17/16 Obama’s goal for Cuba trip: Become a source of support
The Washington Post
3/17/16 MLB makes move in Cuba
The Hill
3/16/16 Bacardi files complaint over Cuba’s registration of Havana Club rum trademark
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herad
3/16/16 The Opening to Cuba Widens
Editorial Opinion, The New York Times
3/15/16 Young Cuban-Americans Think Marco Rubio Is Stuck In The Past
Scott Conroy, The Huffington Post
3/15/16 With Havana trip, Obama seeks to make history, lock in Cuba opening
3/15/16 Verizon signs direct connection agreement with Cuba
Daniel Trotta, Reuters
3/15/16 Airfares, convenience emerge as fault line in Cuba flight applications
3/15/16 A Rubio loss in Florida clears path for closer ties to Cuba
Franco Ordoñez, McClatchy
3/15/16 White House Eases More Restrictions on Travel to Cuba
Julie Hirschfeld Davis, The New York Times
3/14/16 Cubans convicted of US crimes could face deportation
Associated Press
3/13/16 Obama tells Cuban dissidents he will discuss rights with Castro
3/13/16 IMF's Lagarde says yet to receive a request from Cuba for IMF membership
3/12/16 Obama to chop down more Cuba barriers, but is Havana ready?
Associated Press
3/11/16 Cuban concerns over Venezuela's economic woes
3/11/16 Cuban exodus leaves elderly behind
3/11/16 Obama trip to Cuba shows move away from focus on dissidents
Associated Press
3/11/16 Cuba, European Union to finalize deal amid thaw in relations
3/10/16 You Can Now Book a Flight to Cuba on Your Smartphone
MSN Money
3/10/16 Publishers Petition White House to End Cuba Book Embargo
The Wall Street Journal
3/10/16 Current Record
3/9/16 U.S. to announce further easing of Cuba restrictions on March 17 - sources
3/9/16 Senator Urges Rule Changes So US Hotels Can Operate in Cuba
Associated Press
3/9/16 Diplomacy, election could decide fate of 28,400 Cuban felons facing deportation
The Miami Herald
3/8/16 Lawmakers to go to Cuba with Obama, who mulls more trade moves
3/8/16 Diplo and Major Lazer Bring Their Brand of Music to Cuba
Joe Coscarelli, The New York Times
3/8/16 Lawmakers Split Regarding Obama’s Upcoming Trip to Cuba
Warren Rojas, Roll Call
3/7/16 Cuban entrepreneurs build network of private schools
Michael Weissenstein, AP
3/7/16 With Obama visit, Cubans hope for home run in baseball diplomacy
Aaron Davis, The Washington Post
3/7/16 Pushing the Boundaries of Free Speech in Cuba
Ernesto Lodoño, The New York Times
3/7/16 White House and Cuba Maneuver Over Obama’s Visit
Julia Hirschfeld Davis, The New York Times
3/4/16 Obama will push human rights agenda on Cuba trip
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herad
3/4/16 Cuba sending Americans to the beach during Obama visit
Mark Frank, Reuters
3/4/16 Kerry cancels trip to Cuba amid haggling on human rights
Tracy Wilkinson and Christi Parsons, LA Times
3/3/16 Obama’s Long Game for Cubans’ Rights
William LeoGrande, NYT
3/3/16 Baseball: MLB seeks safe passage for Cuban players
3/3/16 The race is on for commercial air service to Cuba
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herad
3/2/16 The Rolling Stones Announce Free Concert in Cuba
3/2/16 Obama and Cuba: Should he stay or should he go?
Christopher Sabatini, Latin America Goes Global
3/2/16 Cuba Announces First Case of Zika, Imported From Venezuela
Michael Weissenstein, AP
3/2/16 Filming in Cuba under detente
Michael Weissenstein
3/2/16 Obama will take in a baseball game during his visit to Cuba
Greg Jaffe, The Washington Post
3/1/16 Rolling Stones to play Havana at Easter, say Cuban officials
The Guardian
3/1/16 A Miami congressional candidate and the evolution of U.S.-Cuba policy
Naked Politics, The Miami Herald
3/1/16 fathom™ to Open Cuba For Carnival Corporation
Cruise Diva