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TRENDING TOPIC FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27TH: The United Nations condemned the United States over the embargo on Cuba. Although it had been expected that Cuba would recognize President Obama’s efforts to normalize relations with the Island and either introduce a less abrasive resolution or none at all, the text of the Cuban government’s resolution presented during the United Nations General Assembly yesterday condemning the United States was as strongly worded as those from years past. Spanish-language media in South Florida covered the meeting, as well as reactions to the 191-2 vote condemning the US embargo. Also, GOP poll numbers shifted right before the third debate tonight, we leave you with some comments on these topics and will have debate highlights in tomorrow’s edition of ¿Qué Pasa?


UN DENOUNCES US EMBARGO AGAINST CUBA: Sebastian Arcos, Associate Director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University, was on“Noticias del Mediodia” on Caracol 1260AM, discussing the topic with Yoly Cuello.

Arcos explained that the vote condemning the United States’ embargo against Cuba, “remains symbolic and has no real impact in terms of forcing a country like the United States to lift the embargo. It was rumored that the US was considering for the first time to abstain from voting against the resolution. The administration received much criticism for this rumor, because it would bring a domestic political problem between the president and Congress to the international realm, which is something that has never been done before.” Arcos said the US voted as it always has but that this year, “the US delegation in the United Nations said they expected the Cuban government to present a different resolution, recognizing the efforts to normalize relations between both countries. However, this year, Cuba’s resolution was identical to ones from previous years. As always, Cuba blames the United States for scarcity and for Cubans not having milk or basic sanitary and hygiene products.” He stated, “the vote shows a large majority of countries, even US allies like France, England, etc., align with Cuba in this sense. The American policy of isolating and containing the Castro regime is not a popular policy internationally.”


TRENDING #TUITS – CARSON TAKES THE LEAD 
Jake Tapper ‏@jaketapper  Oct 27
NYT/CBS News poll GOP national Carson 26% Trump 22 Rubio 8 Bush/Fiorina 7 Paul /Cruz/Huckabee/Kasich 4 http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/10/27/poll-watch-ben-carson-edges-ahead-nationally-in-timescbs-news-poll/ …

Elizabeth Llorente ‏@Liz_Llorente  Oct 27
Riding high in polls, Ben #Carson lies low on Latino issues | Fox News Latinohttp://fxn.ws/1P3hkxY  via @foxnewslatino #gop #election

Justin Sayfie ‏@JustinSayfie  Oct 27
I’m surprised to see Trump getting weaker in the polls this early. With his enormous free media, he should have kept his lead until Nov. 1.

Ana Navarro ‏@ananavarro  Oct 27
Carson leads Trump in national polls. This s #YUGE!

Jonathan Martin ‏@jmartNYT  Oct 27
Trump’s obsession has been his winning “all the polls.” Now he’s losing Iowa, slipping nationally. Will he spend $ ? http://nyti.ms/1jNEgpA 


CARVALHO DISCUSSES STANDARDIZED TESTING IN DC: Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho was in Washington, D.C. earlier this week talking about student testing nationwide with President Obama and other education leaders (read more here). School Board Member Lubby Navarrodiscussed this issue on Caracol 1260AM.

Navarro highlighted the importance of the meeting, focusing on the problem many people have with the number of tests students must take between kindergarten and 12th grade. “We have taken action to reduce the amount and make tests more effective in Miami-Dade, but the meeting of school leaders in DC tackled standardized testing at a national level. There are many arguments against the amount and frequency of student testing, which is why the council gathered and gave recommendations to develop a more flexible approach in assessing the testing needs of students at different levels.” Navarro explained that they “have gradually seen improvements locally and would like to continue the conversation on alternatives to have children learn more effectively.” She concluded, “we live in a very competitive world, we have to make sure our students have strong bases so they can be successful in any state or country.”