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Fidel Castro and stem cells. Yup. Rivera's the House budget chief

Miami Rep. David Rivera, chairman of the House budget, has again inserted language in his chamber's proposed budget that would restrict the use of tax money by colleges "to to implement, organize, direct, coordinate, or administer, or to support the implementation, organization, direction, coordination, or administration of, activities related to or involving travel to any state, country, or nation designated by the United States Department of State as a state sponsor of terrorism."

Translation: No Cuba travel. Rivera has for years crusaded on all things anti-Castro, which pays political dividends back home where he's now running for Congress in a Republican-drawn district, HD 25.

The other bit of proviso is more straightforward. It says that state money given to colleges and universities "shall not be used to support embryonic stem cell research."