Cuba deal opens front for U.S. political clashes

GOP critics denounced Obama’s move as overreaching and naive, but there’s growing public support to end the divide.

How will Cuba now justify its strict economic controls?

If tensions with U.S. ease, Cubans will increasingly look inward at the failings of their anachronistic system.

18 months of secret diplomacy ended hostility

It started with an American overture and a series of nine meetings in Canada. Later, the pope intervened.

Fidel Castro speaks to supporters at a Cuban military base in 1959. (AP)

Five decades of animosity died quietly

The changes won’t heal all wounds, but it has fundamentally altered an artifact of American foreign policy.

U.S. spy, never before disclosed, was vital

The White House said the Cuban-born spy helped unravel several long-running Cuban espionage operations.

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George Stinney, Jr. before his 1944 execution. (State of South Carolina)

George Stinney, Jr. before his 1944 execution. (State of South Carolina)

The conviction, execution and exoneration of George Stinney, Jr.

The 1944 railroading of a 14-year-old boy and his exoneration 70 years later.

Despite bad economic news, Putin says Russia will recover in 2 years

Despite bad economic news, Putin says Russia will recover in 2  years

The Russian president tried to reassure his country despite a looming recession.

Which nominees advance? Which flounder? Democrats strategize.

Which nominees advance? Which flounder?  Democrats strategize.

Experts say it will be increasingly difficult for Obama to win approval of his executive branch nominees.

4 Pinocchios for claim that 80 percent of Congress never traveled overseas

4 Pinocchios for claim that 80 percent of Congress never traveled overseas

FACT CHECKER | The Russian foreign minister calls Congress “a very special group of people.”

Farewell, Stephen Colbert. The giant ego was an act, but our grief is real.

Farewell, Stephen Colbert. The giant ego was an act, but our grief is real.

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK | Comedy Central’s blowhard was the perfect melding of satire and circumstance.

U.S. concludes that North Korea
is behind damaging Sony hack

U.S. concludes that North Korea <br>is behind damaging Sony hack

Bowing to threats, Sony Pictures cancels the Christmas Day release of “The Interview.”

Stop denying a gender pay gap exists. Even Jennifer Lawrence was cheated.

Stop denying a gender pay gap exists. Even Jennifer Lawrence was cheated.

POSTEVERYTHING | The Sony e-mail hack revealed even rich and famous women are devalued.

In love, opposites don’t attract — and that’s a big problem for inequality

In love, opposites don’t attract —  and that’s a big problem for inequality

WONKBLOG | A study suggests that U.S. children will more likely imitate their parents’ lifestyle in the future.

Haven’t finished holiday shopping?

Haven’t finished holiday shopping?

Here’s a cheat sheet to shipping deadlines and other details to ensure presents arrive on time.

Local

Arlington poised to close Rosslyn arts center

Arlington poised to close Rosslyn arts center

Shutting down the Artisphere would save $2.5 million a year, according to the county manager.

Sports

The Nats will announce an 11-player trade today. This is what it means.

The Nats will announce an 11-player trade today. This is what it means.

NATIONALS JOURNAL | ANALYSIS | This deal, in which the Nats will give up Steven Souza Jr., displays the team’s strengths.

Business

Lighting the way for more Cuban cigars?

Lighting the way for more Cuban cigars?

ON LEADERSHIP | For cigar aficionados around the country, the warming of US-Cuba relations might best be celebrated beside the smoky glow of a Cohiba.

Federal Government

Government tweaks its leave policy for snow days

Government tweaks its leave policy for snow days

FEDERAL EYE | Snow days will no longer count as excused absences for federal employees with scheduled paid time off for those dates.

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