Being it's Monday morning, I am overwhelmed by too much news and information.
Still, here in the DC area, the news is all about the Pope coming to visit. Well, that and the looming Government shutdown. DC is pretty accustomed to large gatherings, and this one looks like it will be a huge event. He will be arriving after leaving the country of Cuba.
It's not a secret that Pope Francis played a large role in the thawing of cold war relations between the United States and the island nation.
Having said that, just a few moments ago, this story came across my twitter feed
For the first time, the United States may be willing to accept a United Nations condemnation of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba without a fight, The Associated Press has learned.
U.S. officials tell the AP that the Obama administration is weighing abstaining from the annual U.N. General Assembly vote on a Cuban-backed resolution demanding that the embargo be lifted. The vote could come next month.
No decision has yet been made, said four administration officials who weren't authorized to speak publicly on sensitive internal deliberations and demanded anonymity. But merely considering an abstention is unprecedented. Following through on the idea would send shock waves through both the United Nations and Congress.
It is unheard of for a U.N. member state not to oppose resolutions critical of its own laws.
It looks like Cuba might actually be a place to visit in the very near future. and the International Times has a rundown of what the new travel rules mean for Americans
I am not Catholic, and I deeply disagree with the church's stances on many issues, but I want to give a hat tip to Frances and our President, as well as the Castro government for this amazing change in diplomacy.
I won't be going into DC this week, but I do expect it to be an exciting time.