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Cuba Travel Ban: White House Poised to Ease Restrictions
Date: 8/17/2010
Written By: Christian Science Monitor By Howard LaFranchi

Expectations are rising that the Obama administration will move in the coming days to ease travel restrictions to Cuba. The hubbub about an anticipated White House statement is leading to stepped-up speculation about areas of potential exchange and trade with the long-embargoed Caribbean island, such as energy development... Action now would be aimed in part at "creating momentum for ending the travel ban," says Jake Colvin, vice president of the National Foreign Trade Council, a Washington business organization that favors ending the Cuba embargo. More broadly, he says, administration and congressional action reflect a growing "consensus" that it's time "to do something different on Cuba."