Obama moves to normalize relations after prisoner swap

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.

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

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

Cuba deal opens new front on political battlegrounds

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)

Months of secret diplomacy led to deal

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

What may change in U.S.-Cuba relations

What may change in U.S.-Cuba relations

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.

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.”

Judge throws out teen’s murder conviction 70 years after his execution

Judge throws out teen’s murder conviction 70 years after his execution

George Stinney Jr. was 14 when he was electrocuted in South Carolina for the deaths of two white girls.

Some conservatives push the right not to serve gays on religious grounds

Some conservatives push the right not to serve gays on religious grounds

Lawmakers say the gains made by gays are infringing on rights of those who oppose same-sex marriage.

Jon Stewart goes through the random things in the spending bill, is horrified

Jon Stewart goes through the random things in the spending bill, is horrified

THE FIX | “The Daily Show” host shook his head at all the things that became law without much notice.

LIFTOFF & LETDOWN 

The great startup slowdown, and what it means for middle class workers

The great startup slowdown, and what it means for middle class workers

PART 5 | The U.S. has fewer new businesses, and more old ones that are trying to win government favors.

The death of the American family dinner has been greatly exaggerated

The death of the American family dinner has been greatly exaggerated

WONKBLOG | Almost 88 percent of Americans still eat supper with other family members, a new poll says.

Politics

The 1 in 5 stat on sexual assault

The 1 in 5 stat on sexual assault

FACT CHECKER | The oft-cited statistic on sexual assault cannot be applied to all college campuses, an arm of the Justice Department says.

Local

McAuliffe, facing crippling budget crunch and hostile GOP, lays out plans

McAuliffe, facing crippling budget crunch and hostile GOP, lays out plans

His budget would boost the job fund, increase day-care regulation and shore up teacher pensions.

Sports

Jay Gruden on Robert Griffin III and the final two minutes of the Giants game

Jay Gruden on Robert Griffin III and the final two minutes of the Giants game

DC SPORTS BOG | Redskins coach says quarterback has to pop up off the ground more quickly.

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.

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