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The president’s Cuba trip: President Obama became the first U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge to visit the island nation when Air Force One touched down in Havana yesterday. Today, he will attend a state dinner and meet with Raul Castro, the Cuban president. As Jeffrey Goldberg points out, this moments in U.S.-Cuban relations was paved during Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

North Korea fires short-range missiles: Several projectiles were fired today, just days after the North fired a medium-range missile into the sea. The moves come amid increased rhetoric from Pyongyang about the ongoing joint military drills between the U.S. and South Korea.

A double fault: Indian Wells, no stranger to controversy, has stepped in it again. Raymond Moore, the CEO of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, said the women’s WTA tour rides “on the coat-tails of men.” As you might imagine, those comments were swiftly derided by many top women’s players, prompting Moore to apologize. But at least one top men’s player apparently feels the same way. Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player, had this to say: “Stats are showing that we have much more spectators on the men’s tennis matches. I think that is one of the ... reasons why maybe we should get awarded more.” He added that he knew his comments were “not politically correct.” Update: More here

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