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  • HAVANA, Jan 23- A senior U.S. diplomat in Cuba for negotiations with Havana on restoring long-frozen diplomatic relations met a group of dissidents on Friday, seeking to underline Washington's concern over human rights but irritating the island's communist government. But Havana has stressed that efforts to normalize ties should not be accompanied by...

  • Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson met some of Cuba's dissidents on Friday to emphasize the importance the United States places on human right in talks with Cuba on restoring diplomatic ties. The meeting ruffled Cuba, which has stressed that efforts to normalize ties should not be accompanied by meddling in its internal affairs.

  • GOP Senator Rubio preparing for 2016 run: Report Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 7:39 AM ET
    Sen. Marco Rubio

    U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is preparing to launch a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, ABC News reported on Friday, citing an adviser.

  • HAVANA, Jan 22- The United States said it pressed Cuba to improve human rights during historic, high-level talks on Thursday, annoying the Cubans after both sides reported making progress toward restoring diplomatic relations. Obama needs the Republican-controlled Congress to completely normalize relations with Cuba, and Republicans such as Florida...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The United States rolled out a sweeping set of measures on Thursday to significantly ease sanctions on Cuba, opening up the country to expanded U.S. travel, trade and financial activities. The 54- year-old U.S. embargo on Cuba will remain in place- only Congress can lift it. Congressional critics of Obama's shift say that Washington should not be...

  • UPDATE 2-U.S. rolls out new Cuba rules on trade, travel Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The United States rolled out a sweeping set of measures on Thursday to significantly ease the half-century-old embargo against Cuba, opening up the country to expanded travel, trade and financial activities. The Treasury and Commerce Departments issued a package of new rules that will allow U.S. exports of telecommunications,...

  • Rubio: Decision on 2016 race coming by April Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 11:29 AM ET
    Sen. Marco Rubio.

    Sen. Marco Rubio tells CNBC his decision on whether to run for president comes down to where he'd be able to make the most difference.

  • 2016 run decision by end of March: Sen. Rubio   Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 10:12 AM ET
    2016 run decision by end of March: Sen. Rubio

    Possible GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio tells CNBC in a Web extra interview that if he were to run for the White House he believes he could win with a relevant message that would resonate.

  • Rubio: We need to bring $2T US cash overseas back Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 9:24 AM ET
    Sen. Marco Rubio

    Corporate taxes need to be overhauled to encourage companies to bring home "$2 trillion in cash" sitting overseas, Sen. Marco Rubio tells CNBC.

  • Problem with Cuba deal: Sen. Rubio   Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 8:16 AM ET
    Problem with Cuba deal: Sen. Rubio

    Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-Fla.), shares his thoughts on the deal made between the U.S. and Cuba.

  • Tax reform should include territorial system: Sen. Rubio

    Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-Fla.), weighs in on reforming the current tax system and fast-tracking trade agreements.

  • Sen. Rubio: High hopes for education   Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 8:08 AM ET
    Sen. Rubio: High hopes for education

    Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-Fla.), shares his thoughts on offering students free community college.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would make it easier for high-tech firms in the United States to hire more foreign specialists in science, technology and engineering. A bill by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah, which is home to some of the companies that would benefit, would...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would make it easier for high-tech firms in the United States to hire more foreign specialists in science, technology and engineering. A bill by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah, which is home to some of the companies that would benefit, would...

  • Producer's Note: On ‘Squawk’s’ move to NYC Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 4:25 PM ET
    Andrew Ross Sorkin, Becky Quick and Joe Kernen on the set of Squawk Box in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

    Matt Quayle, senior executive producer for CNBC's "Squawk Box," writes about the show's evolution over the past 20 years and its future.

  • What to expect from Washington, or NOT, in 2015 Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    A woman jogs near U.S. Capitol building in Washington.

    Washington was vastly transformed in 2014 with a very uncertain outlook for the year ahead. Politico's Ben White offers some predictions.

  • Rand Paul: Improved ties with Cuba a 'good idea' Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:22 PM ET
    Senator Rand Paul

    Rand Paul's stance on Cuba is more closely aligned with Hillary Clinton's than his Republican comrades, reports NBC.

  • HAVANA/ WASHINGTON, Dec 17- President Barack Obama announced the United States would restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, drawing resistance from lawmakers opposed to reconciling with the communist-run island. Obama said the moves were made possible by Havana's release of American Alan Gross, 65, who had been imprisoned...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- The renewal of full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba could be the start of a long thaw in decades of animosity but the path is full of obstacles, not least the U.S. sanctions on the Communist-run island. Only Congress can overturn the law, and with Republicans due to take control of both the House of Representatives and the...

  • Announcing the end of what he called a "rigid" policy of isolation of Cuba that had been ineffective, Obama said the United States would move toward normal ties and would open an embassy in Cuba. Castro spoke in Cuba as Obama made his announcement on a policy shift made possible by the release of American Alan Gross, 65, who had been imprisoned in Cuba for five years.