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In today’s Federal Register, both the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published the first revisions to the U.S.’ Cuba economic sanctions. As expected, those changes...more
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The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce have released new regulations that loosen restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba....more
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On Dec. 17, 2014, President Obama announced the United States will re-establish normal diplomatic relations with Cuba and that certain economic sanctions will be eased. Notwithstanding the media frenzy implying that the...more
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Bill aims to impose federal excise tax on sugary drinks.
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