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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
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
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Opponents formulate a strategy to derail Obama’s new Cuba policy

December 19, 2014
Ed O'Keefe, Paul Kane | The Washington Post
Opponents of President Obama’s diplomatic opening toward Cuba began plotting for the long road ahead to block the administration’s new policy, focusing on areas where congressional consent is necessary.
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Giving Kim the silent treatment

December 19, 2014
Michael Crowley | Politico
When Barack Obama first ran for president, he pledged to change American policy towards three outlaw nations: Iran, Cuba and North Korea.
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U.S. to Restore Full Relations With Cuba, Erasing a Last Trace of Cold War Hostility

December 18, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Obama on Wednesday ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century as he vowed to “cut loose the shackles of the past” and sweep aside one of the last vestiges of the Cold War.
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Cuba decision marks a bet by Obama that Cold War politics have turned a corner

December 18, 2014
Karen Tumulty, Anne Gearan | The Washington Post
President Obama’s surprising move toward normalizing relations with Cuba amounts to a big bet that the nation — and, particularly, the crucial swing state of Florida — has turned a political corner from the Cold War era.
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Obama libre

December 18, 2014
Carrie Budoff Brown, Edward-Isaac Dovere | Politico
If President Barack Obama’s year ended in November, it would have been one of the worst of his presidency.
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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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U.S. and Cuba, in Breakthrough, Will Resume Diplomatic Relations

December 17, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century after the release of an American contractor held in prison for five years, American officials said Wednesday.
Vladimir Putin
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Is Obama destroying the Russian economy?

December 17, 2014
Michael Crowley | Politico
Speaking at a Moscow event in early October, Russian President Vladimir Putin sounded cocky about the sanctions imposed on his country by Washington and its European allies. The penalties, Putin said, were “utter silliness” that would only hurt Western businesses.
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