The Very Brief Cuba Ovation

Senator Marco Rubio finds something to like.

Alan Gross (C), recently freed after being held in Cuba since 2009, pumps his fist after being recognized by U.S. President Barack Obama during the State of the Union speech in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2015 in Washington, DC.

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As soon as the White House published the official text of this State of the Union, it was clear that the section on Cuba would rankle. When it came, Cuban members of Congress, mostly Republican, sat stone-faced.

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