In Cleveland, distrust deepens racial fault lines

Jasmin Johnson speaks with city council members. (Dustin Franz/For The Post)

After the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice and a scathing Justice Department report on policing in the city was released, Cleveland stands as a stark example of the challenges that exist to bridge the gap between public officials and those calling for change.

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Alan Gross returns to the United States, is greeted by an image of Che Guevara

It was a surprising art choice, given Guevara’s role in the Cuban revolution.

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    Sony cancels premiere showings of ‘The Interview’

    Sony cancels premiere showings of ‘The Interview’

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    “Thai junta vows to ‘hunt’ fugitive lese majeste suspects”

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    HUD union parties with the boss

    HUD union parties with the boss

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    “Tech firms tussle with DOJ over the right to say ‘zero’”

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    The secret diplomacy that led to the breakthrough deal

    The secret diplomacy that led to the breakthrough deal

    It started with an American overture to Cuba and a series of meetings in third countries. Then, the pope intervened.

    Largo High students perform at the Kennedy Center

    Largo High students perform at the Kennedy Center

    Students offer their spin on a Christmas classic: “A Christmas Story as told by Largo High School.”

    Marquette University tells employees: “Opposition to same-sex marriage” could be “unlawful harassment”

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    Federal government tweaks leave policy for snow days

    Federal government tweaks leave policy for snow days

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

    N.H. GOP censures its own House Speaker

    The state GOP is eating its own, even after taking back control of the state House.

    Election over and economy improved, Andrew Cuomo kicks fracking to the curb

    Election over and economy improved, Andrew Cuomo kicks fracking to the curb

    A shift in politics that seems almost certainly linked to a big decision.

    Justice Department has strong words for judicial opinion purporting to declare immigration actions unconstitutional

    The Department of Justice disagrees quite strongly with Judge Schwab’s opinion.

    Obama says Alan Gross wasn’t traded for Cuban spies. That’s a really tough sell.

    Obama says Alan Gross wasn’t traded for Cuban spies. That’s a really tough sell.

    Republicans -- and one top Democrat -- say it’s just not true.

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

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

    The White House said the Cuban-born spy provided critical information that led to arrests of the “Cuban Five.”

    Students deliver wish list to school board. There’s one item on it.

    Students deliver wish list to school board. There’s one item on it.

    Students ask Pittsburgh School Board to restore cuts to arts education.

    Should free speech supporters preorder DVDs of ‘The Interview’?

    Should free speech supporters preorder DVDs of ‘The Interview’?

    A possible way to send a message that thuggery doesn’t pay (given that many theaters are canceling their showings of the movie) -- though I’m not sure how much good it would do, or even just how one can do it.

    Opening relations with Cuba also makes the U.S. less isolated

    Opening relations with Cuba also makes the U.S. less isolated

    A graph shows how multilateral support for the U.S. embargo of Cuba quickly eroded in the 1990s.

    Lighting the way for more Cuban cigars?

    Lighting the way for more Cuban cigars?

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

    After years of debate, N.Y. bans fracking

    After years of debate, N.Y. bans fracking

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo angered environmentalists and energy developers alike while seeking to distance himself from the politically complicated debate.

    From the Bay of Pigs to the Baltimore Orioles, 50 years of U.S.-Cuba relations

    From the Bay of Pigs to the Baltimore Orioles, 50 years of U.S.-Cuba relations

    The White House announced big changes to a foreign policy that hasn’t changed much in decades.

    Thugs win again — movie theaters cancel showing of ‘The Interview’ following threats of terrorist attack

    Thugs win again — movie theaters cancel showing of ‘The Interview’ following threats of terrorist attack

    Others, with other national, religious, or ideological causes, are sure to learn the lesson.

    Student says of Hopkins mistake: 2nd rejection was worse

    Student says of Hopkins mistake: 2nd rejection was worse

    Culpeper County student was one of 294 rejected or deferred applicants who got a mistaken welcome e-mail.

    Does judicial disagreement imply ambiguity?

    Some thoughts on Eric Posner’s and Adrian Vermeule’s new project.

    Feds charge 14 in meningitis outbreak

    Feds charge 14 in meningitis outbreak

    Tainted injections from Mass. compounding pharmacy were linked to 64 deaths in 2012.

    U.S. to end Cold War-era standoff with Cuba

    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.

    Did Blinken recently assure Rubio on Cuba?

    Did Blinken recently assure Rubio on Cuba?

    Sen. Marco Rubio questioned newly confirmed deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken last month on “chatter” that Cuba policy was about to change.

    Montgomery County to probe handling of abuse allegations

    Montgomery committee to examine school incidents in Germantown and Damascus among broader issues.

    Supreme Court’s inaction benefits ‘dreamers’ in Arizona

    Justices won’t review decision, so state officials must issue driver’s licenses to some illegal immigrants.

    Fact sheet: The Obama administration’s new policies toward Cuba

    Fact sheet: The Obama administration’s new policies toward Cuba

    The White House provided a guide to its updated approach toward Cuba.

    Transcript: Obama’s remarks on U.S.-Cuba relations

    Transcript: Obama’s remarks on U.S.-Cuba relations

    President Obama delivered the following remarks on December 17, 2014.

    Indiana woman wants to be laid to rest with her German shepherd. One problem: The dog is still alive.

    Indiana woman wants to be laid to rest with her German shepherd. One problem: The dog is still alive.

    Connie Lay died in November. Her dog is now in a shelter, awaiting its fate, as a campaign to #savebella takes off.

    Immigration Activism - This Time, From the Bench

    Immigration Activism - This Time, From the Bench

    The court opinion finding the Obama immigration action unconstitutional shows mostly that judicial activism can live anywhere on the partisan spectrum.

    Vatican was intimately involved in U.S.-Cuba talks

    Pope Francis made a “personal plea” to Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro.

    Obama - like most Americans and unlike most of Congress - was born after the Cuban embargo

    Obama - like most Americans and unlike most of Congress - was born after the Cuban embargo

    A quarter of the population predates the embargo. Two-thirds of Congress does.