From today's Herald: "An Obama administration effort to spend another $20 million on Cuba democracy programs has been blocked for two months amid bitter clashes over policy and personalities.
Words like 'backstabber' and 'communist dupe' have been thrown about and the issue is littered with leaks and counter-leaks about alleged wrongdoings.
"Sen. John Kerry, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is offering to lift the 'hold' he put on the money April 1 if the amount is cut to $15 million, according to a note sent by his committee staff to the State Department Friday. El Nuevo Herald obtained a copy.
Program supporters would not say whether the offer resolves the dispute, which has featured Kerry, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., their staffs and the U.S. Agency for International Development."