Deep Dive (July 12): ‘This Is About Freedom’: Sen. Rubio on Cuban Protests Against Communism

Calling for liberty, thousands took to the streets in Cuba over the weekend, protesting the communist regime. It comes amid reports of gas, electricity, and vaccine shortages across the country. In response, Cuba’s leader blamed the protests on a foreign smear campaign from the United States. President Joe Biden issued a statement Monday, calling “on the Cuban regime to hear their people and serve their needs at this vital moment rather than enriching themselves.” Sen. Marco Rubio, who is of Cuban descend, said Cubans are rising up because they want freedom.

Thirty Republican House members are asking the Labor Department for an official audit of unemployment insurance fraud during the pandemic. The CEO of ID.me told Axios that as many as 50 percent of unemployment payments might have been stolen. The Labor Department admitted in a memo that around $5.4 billion in unemployment insurance benefits were likely lost to fraud between March and October 2020.

In a historic flight spanning nearly two decades in the making, billionaire Richard Branson becomes the first person to take a trip on a self-funded spacecraft. Branson said, “I was once a kid with a dream, looking up to the stars, and now I am an adult in a spaceship looking back to our beautiful earth. To the next generation of dreamers, if we can do this just imagine what you can do.” Virgin Galactic is teaming up with Omaze for the chance to win a seat on one of the company’s first commercial voyages to space. One winner and a guest can rocket more than 50 miles above earth and experience zero gravity for a few minutes.

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