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'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 5:33pm

This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.

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Obama Says 'James Flacco.' The Internet Says, Thank You.

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:21pm

It was an honest mistake. But when President Obama said "James Flacco" when referring to James Franco – on a Friday before the holidays, no less – the slip was eagerly received online.

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Obama Says Sony Made A 'Mistake' In Cancelling 'The Interview'

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:25pm

President Obama said Sony made a mistake by pulling the movie North Korea opposed and promised a U.S. response to North Korea's actions in the cyber attack against the company.

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Sentenced For Life, Inmate Still Holds Hope For Release

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:37pm

David Padilla is one of thousands of people sentenced under tough drug laws who's spending life in prison. Now the Clemency Project 2014 promises pardons or early release for some offenders.

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Live: Obama's Year-End News Conference

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:31pm

The president is expected to discuss issues ranging from normalization of relations with Cuba to the fight against the self-described Islamic State and his views on the Senate's "torture report."

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Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:38am

Three groups from across ideological lines say a congressional investigation into ties between the EPA and the Natural Resources Defense Council seems intended to intimidate.

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Education Dept. Issues Framework For New College Rating System

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 9:57am

The interim outline indicates that such factors as access, affordability and student outcomes will be key to the system first announced by President Obama in 2013.

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Is It Enough To Be Politically Correct?

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 8:34am

Political pundit Sally Kohn says we shouldn't worry as much about being politically correct, but instead we need to focus on being emotionally correct.

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3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:03am

Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.

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Cuban-American Congressional Leaders Vow To Fight Obama's Proposals

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:02am

A day after the president's announcement that he wants to normalize relations with Cuba, Cuban-American congressional leaders came together in Miami to condemn it as appeasement of a Communist regime.

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Two Of Colorado's Neighbors Sue State Over Marijuana Law

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:23pm

Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit against Colorado with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that its law legalizing marijuana isn't constitutional.

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In List Of Changes For Secret Service, A New Fence Comes First

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:56pm

An independent review panel calls for changes ranging from a better fence at the White House to a new approach to training and leadership within the Secret Service.

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Most Pages In New U.S.-Cuba Chapter Still Have To Be Written

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:43pm

President Obama is re-opening diplomatic ties to Cuba, and easing restrictions on travel and commerce. A day after that historic announcement, we look at what it actually means for would be travelers and exporters.

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Rep. Sires Pushes Back Against Obama's Cuba Plans

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:11am

President Obama's action to begin normalizing relations with Cuba has drawn harsh criticism from members of Congress in both parties. One of those critics is Rep. Albio Sires, who was born in Cuba.

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Obama Announces Diplomatic Thaw With Cuba

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:11am

In re-opening ties with Cuba, the president follows through on strategy he outlined during his first White House campaign. He believes engagement with Cuba is a more powerful tool than isolation.

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TSA Administrator John Pistole To Leave At Month's End

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:11am

John Pistole is leaving the Transportation Security Administration after 4 and a half years as its chief. He will become president of a Christian university in Indiana.

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Mixed Reactions In Miami On Diplomatic Overtures To Cuba

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:11am

When he announced the release of Alan Gross and plans to resume diplomatic ties with Cuba, Obama also referenced Miami. Some Cuban Americans welcome the changes, others see the action as a betrayal.

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Satanist And Christian Holiday Displays To Go Up At Michigan Capitol

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:16pm

The situation has brought controversy — and energized Christians who realized that a planned Nativity scene was in danger of being canceled.

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Obama Expected To Impose New Sanctions On Russia

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

Aides say Obama will sign a bill authorizing new economic sanctions against Russia in retaliation for its ongoing interference in Ukraine. Russia's economy is reeling from earlier western sanctions.

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Senate Adjourns, GOP To Take Over In January

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

The adjournment brought the 113th Congress to a formal close. Democrat Harry Reid ended his run as majority leader, as Republicans take control of the Senate next month.

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