I predict that the USA and Cuba will normalize relations before the end of the Obama administration. I have been predicting this since president Obama was re-elected and in a public exchange on Twitter with Chuck Todd, host of Meet the Press, Todd agreed with me that we would likely see motion on this after the election and possibly before Christmas.
Today brings the motion we've been waiting for. Cuba has released American prisoner Alan Gross and president Obama is scheduled to have a press conference pertaining to that and our relations with Cuba today. According to USA Today, press secretary Josh Ernest has stated "We remain deeply concerned for Alan's health, and reiterate our call
for his release -- the Cuban government's release of Alan on
humanitarian grounds would remove an impediment to more constructive
relations between the United States and Cuba."