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U.S. to end Cold War-era standoff with Cuba
U.S. contractor Alan Gross was freed on humanitarian grounds. An unnamed intelligence asset held for 20 years was exchanged for three Cuban nationals convicted of spying in the U.S. in 2001.
The White House said the Cuban-born spy helped unravel several long-running Cuban espionage operations.
Karen Tumulty and Anne Gearan
GOP critics denounced Obama’s move as overreaching and naive, but there’s growing public support to end the divide.
Alan Gross walks with his wife at an airport near Havana, Cuba. (Getty)
Carol Morello and Karen DeYoung
It started with an American overture and a series of meetings in third countries, mostly in Canada. Later, the pope intervened.
Washington Post staff
GRAPHIC | The U.S. plans to reopen its embassy in Havana, but those hoping to visit will still have to fall under one of 12 categories.
The Post Sports Live crew debates the possibility of a Redskins win helping Jay Gruden’s status.
Drew Harwell and Ellen Nakashima
Bowing to threats, Sony Pictures cancels the Christmas Day release of “The Interview.”
George Stinney Jr. was 14 when he was electrocuted in South Carolina for the deaths of two white girls.
Lawmakers say the gains made by gays are infringing on rights of those who oppose same-sex marriage.
THE FIX | “The Daily Show” host shook his head at all the things that became law without much notice.
His emotional response shows why Obama’s move is good policy--and good politics.
LIFTOFF & LETDOWN
PART 5 | The U.S. has fewer new businesses, and more old ones that are trying to win government favors.
Roberto A. Ferdman
WONKBLOG | Almost 88 percent of Americans still eat supper with other family members, a new poll says.
Celebrations in Havana amid policy changes
4 indicted in West Virginia chemical spill case
49ers release Ray McDonald amid rape allegations
Sony cancels Christmas release of 'The Interview'
Obama hosts Hanukkah reception at White House
Can I buy Cuban cigars now?
Kerry looking forward to Cuba visit as secretary of state
Texas jury sentences ex-justice of the peace to death
Fed promises ‘patient’ approach to rate increase
Sens. Leahy, Flake praise Obama’s move on Cuba relations
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FACT CHECKER | The oft-cited statistic on sexual assault cannot be applied to all college campuses, an arm of the Justice Department says.
A new video transposes Syria’s conflict onto the American metropolis.
The actor acknowledged “inappropriate” contact with three victims, People Magazine says.
Prosecutors have more advantages than you’d believe.
Jenna Portnoy and Laura Vozzella
His budget would boost the job fund, increase day-care regulation and shore up teacher pensions.
DC SPORTS BOG | Redskins coach says quarterback has to pop up off the ground more quickly.
CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK | Comedy Central’s blowhard was the perfect melding of satire and circumstance.
Washington theater professionals worry about not having a national advocate.
Sorry, Kim Kardashian. With the Classic, BlackBerry shows it’s happy to safe, solid and a little bit boring.
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.
Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz
IN THE LOOP | Leaving Congress doesn’t mean leaving all the perks behind.
Benny L. Kass
Rule is meant to protect board members from being sued because a homeowner is upset.
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