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Obama’s heavy lift on Cuba

December 19, 2014
Carrie Budoff Brown, Jennifer Epstein | Politico
The White House strategy to defeat the anti-Castro bloc in Congress involves a coordinated push to sell President Barack Obama’s new Cuba policy to Big Business, human rights groups, lawmakers and Cubans themselves.
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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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Hollywood and the hackers

December 19, 2014
Todd Purdum | Politico
For three weeks, the Sony hacking case has titillated Hollywood and the trade and tabloid press with its exposure of the indiscreet and ill-advised private emails of overpaid dueling production divas and egocentric actors, and the release of reams of confidential financial and personal information to every corner of the Internet.
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Panel calls for deep changes at the Secret Service

December 19, 2014
Carol Leonnig, Jerry Markon | The Washington Post
An independent panel on Thursday recommended sweeping changes at the Secret Service, saying the elite protective agency is “starved for leadership” and calling for an outsider as director, hundreds of new agents and officers, and a higher fence around the White House.
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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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Rapprochement With Cuba: What It Includes And Excludes

December 18, 2014
Tom Gjelten, Lourdes Garcia Navarro | NPR
President Obama's move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba does not lift the trade embargo. That jurisdiction belongs to Congress, but do the upcoming changes all but undermine the embargo?
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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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North Korea Behind Sony Hack: U.S. Officials

December 18, 2014
Pete Williams, Robert Windrem and Andrea Mitchell | NBC News
U.S. officials have concluded that the North Korean government ordered the hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment — a breach that led to the studio cancelling the planned release of "The Interview". One U.S. official told NBC News that the country "can't let this go unanswered."
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