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Díaz-Canel, who has been widely criticized for the country’s violent crackdown and Internet blackouts, gave a televised address Wednesday night and acknowledged that his government failures played a role in the protests over food shortages and other problems.

“We have to gain experience from the disturbances,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “We also have to carry out a critical analysis of our problems in order to act and overcome, and avoid their repetition.”

Historic protests broke out across Cuba on Sunday night. Díaz-Canel, who heads the Communist Party, seemed uninterested in making any concessions. He placed the blame squarely on the U.S. for stoking resentment and called the protesters mercenaries. At one point, he said, “The order to fight has been given—into the street, revolutionaries!”

Cuba is going through its worst economic crisis in decades, along with a resurgence of coronavirus cases, as it suffers the consequences of U.S. sanctions imposed by the Trump administration. Some protesters have demanded a change in government, so although Díaz-Canel seemed to tone down the rhetoric, it remains to be seen if there will be any concessions by the government. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

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McConnell condemns Biden fury over GOP voting reform as ‘utter nonsense’
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday condemned a fiery speech by President Biden as “utter nonsense” for alleging GOP voting reform laws were comparable to the Civil War. 

“This is our new president who promised to lower the temperature, bring America back together and rebuild a civil society where we can dialogue as fellow citizens,” McConnell said from the Senate floor.

“We’ve won two World Wars, faced down the Soviets, unwound brutal segregation, defeated actual Jim Crow laws, and endured the 9/11 attacks,” he said. “But now the sky is falling?”

McConnell’s exasperation was over an address given by the president Tuesday, where he called on congressional Republicans to help stop the “concerted” effort by GOP-led states to “undermine” the electoral process. 

“We’re facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War,” Biden said in a rebuttal to GOP calls for voter reform. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

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– Biden calls on GOP to protect voting rights ‘for God’s sake’ in fiery address

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SOME PARTING WORDS

Sean Hannity mocked Joe Biden’s claims America is “facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War,” on “Hannity” Wednesday, saying the president believes “millions of Americans are worse than Jim Crow, all because they support simple election integrity measures.”

“This bill bans paid ballot harvesting. Do you have a problem with that?” he asked. “It requires voter ID for mail-in ballots. Alternatively, voters can provide the last four digits of their Social Security number if they prefer. The bill sets uniform times for early voting, all while expanding early voting hours on the weekend. It ensures that poll watchers are able, according to law, observe vote counting, start to finish. All sides get to observe. It strengthens the ban on unmanned mail-in drop boxes so nothing nefarious can happen.”

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