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Cuba Looks Forward

December 23, 2014
On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced plans to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and to open an embassy in Havana after more than 50 years. NPR National Security Correspondent Tom Gjelten, author of "Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: A Biography of a Cause," looks ahead at the changes facing the island nation. How will the changing relationship with the U.S. affect the political and cultural landscape? And as Raul Castro announces his plans to step down in 2018, who will lead the country into the future?
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Pope Francis uses Christmas greeting to chide church officials for greed, gossip and getting ahead

December 23, 2014
In remarks for Christmas before the Roman Curia, Pope Francis delivered a scathing review of the behavior of Vatican officials, decrying the "spiritual Alzheimers" that makes them forget their real purpose. Gwen Ifill talks to Kevin Eckstrom of the Religion News Service about the pope’s latest effort at spurring reform in the Catholic church.

North Korea's Sony Hack Attack, U.S.-Cuba Relations Thaw, and Bush, Clinton Political Dynasties

December 19, 2014
North Korea hacks Sony, Changing Cuba relations, and political dynasties
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Webcast Extra: Global Terror Threats and Cuba & Cold War Politics

December 19, 2014
The impact of year-end terror attacks in Australia & Pakistan and lingering Cold War feelings in Cuba.
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Loosening Restrictions on Cuba

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April 17, 2009
In April 2009, the Obama administration eased economic sanctions and loosened travel restrictions for Cuban Americans hoping to visit family on the island nation only 90 miles off the Florida coast.
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Webcast Extra | July 15, 2011

December 15, 2014
We remember the debt crisis in 1995. Also, Will the Murdoch scandal affect the U.S.?

Senate Releases CIA Torture Report & Bipartisan Budget Deal

December 12, 2014
Report on CIA interrogations & spending bill deal reached
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Brennan strikes back at scathing CIA interrogation report

December 12, 2014
In a rare news conference, CIA Director John Brennan defended the agency’s record on so-called enhanced interrogation techniques and conceded abuses. While Brennan said that in some cases harsh tactics led to or confirmed important information, he admitted the cause-and-effect “is unknown and unknowable.” Gwen Ifill learns more from Siobhan Gorman of The Wall Street Journal.
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Hidden Nuggets in the Spending Bill and President Obama's Trip to The Colbert Report

December 12, 2014
Regulatory changes hidden in the omnibus spending bill and how the NY Times scooped the CIA torture report.