Politics

7:03am

Tue December 23, 2014
Monkey See

Videos Of Ray Rice, Eric Garner Among Biggest Media Moments Of 2014

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 1:08 pm

Protesters in Boston during a December demonstration against the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Mo.
Charles Krupa AP

5:05am

Tue December 23, 2014
Politics

As Head Of Armed Services Committee, McCain Gets A Bigger Bullhorn

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 7:28 am

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5:05am

Mon December 22, 2014
Politics

Treasury Nomination Sparks Fight Among Democrats

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 7:37 am

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12:18pm

Sun December 21, 2014
The Two-Way

GOP Sens. Rubio, Paul Square Off Over Cuba Policy Shift

Originally published on Sun December 21, 2014 2:47 pm

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, expresses his disappointment in President Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba, on Wednesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

In what could prove a sneak peek at the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a strong critic of President Obama's decision to open relations with Cuba, appears to be stepping up an attack on fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul over his support of the policy shift.

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9:36am

Sun December 21, 2014
Latin America

Ready To Hit The Cuban Beach? Americans Still Have To Wait

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 12:12 pm

A couple walks on the beach in the resort area of Varadero, Cuba. Varadero is home to upscale hotels and resorts that cater to foreign tourists, but there aren't yet enough to handle a potential influx of Americans.
David Gilkey NPR

With President Obama beginning the process of normalizing relations with Cuba this week, many may envision soon soaking up the sun on a warm Cuban beach, sipping a refreshing rum drink.

In reality, that's not likely to happen for quite a while. But just the increased opportunity for travel between the two countries has those with longtime ties to Cuba already thinking about the possibilities it will bring.

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8:40am

Sat December 20, 2014
The Two-Way

North Korea Has An Interesting Offer. And Another Threat

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 4:34 pm

A banner for The Interview is posted outside Arclight Cinemas, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on Wednesday. The theatrical release of the film has been cancelled following cyber attacks and threats believed to originate in North Korea.
Damian Dovarganes AP

North Korea, which denies that it had anything to do with a hack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, now wants to help the U.S. root out the real culprit. But true to form for Pyongyang, the dubious offer comes tinged with a threat of "serious" consequences should Washington decline.

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6:33pm

Fri December 19, 2014
This Week's Must Read

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

Originally published on Sun December 21, 2014 5:24 pm

Cuba is dominating the news, following President Obama's announcement that he will begin to normalize relations with the island nation.

For our series This Week's Must-Read, poet and Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco turns to literature for another perspective on this story.

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5:49pm

Fri December 19, 2014
The Two-Way

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

Actor James Franco (left), seen here with The Interview co-star Seth Rogen, was called "James Flacco" by President Obama Friday. Afterward, the jokes poured in.
Getty Images

It was an honest mistake. But when President Obama meant to talk about James Franco and instead said "James Flacco" — on a Friday marking the full-on start of the holidays, no less — the slip was eagerly received by people on Twitter and elsewhere.

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5:04pm

Fri December 19, 2014
Politics

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

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 7:11 pm

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3:57pm

Fri December 19, 2014
Boxed In

Sentenced For Life, Inmate Still Holds Hope For Release

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 5:50 pm

David Padilla with his grandchildren. Seventeen years ago, a judge found Padilla guilty of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Courtesy of the Padilla Family

Thousands of people sentenced under the tough drug laws of the 1980s and '90s are still behind bars, serving mandatory minimum prison sentences requiring them to spend decades, if not life, in prison. Nowadays people convicted of the same crimes serve far less time.

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