Obama’s Cuba move opens a new political front

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

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Putting Cuban human rights violations in some context

Putting Cuban human rights violations in some context

A graph shows how Cuba’s human rights record compares to that of other states.

Map: How prepared are states for infectious disease outbreaks?

Map: How prepared are states for infectious disease outbreaks?

No state is perfect: none scored higher than an eight on a 10-point scale measuring readiness.

Cuba news startles Miami, but no marches yet

Cuba news startles Miami, but no marches yet

So far this has been a case of the dog that did not bark in the night.

Jon Stewart addresses those who have complained about protests in New York and Cleveland

If filling the streets with people is bad, what about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade?

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.

Cuts to pension benefits may make retired women relatively worse off

Cuts to pension benefits may make retired women relatively worse off

Changes to pension benefits contained in the omnibus spending bill may have adverse consequences for women.

Russia’s claim that 80 percent of Congress never traveled overseas

Russia’s claim that 80 percent of Congress never traveled overseas

The Russian foreign minister earns 4 Pinocchios for claiming 80 percent of Congress have not traveled overseas. That’s a complete myth.

Spending measure allows abortion coverage for Peace Corps vols

Spending measure allows abortion coverage for Peace Corps vols

The $1.1 trillion spending bill ended the federal ban on abortion assistance for Peace Corps volunteers.

Little mention of Japan in coverage of Sony hack

25 years ago, a dispute involving the Korean government and a Japanese-owned company would have been reported quite differently

Warren voices concerns about free-trade pact with Asia

Warren voices concerns about free-trade pact with Asia

Her letter to the White House comes on the heels of her break with the president on the recent budget deal.

Deal throws Obama foreign policy into sharp relief

Deal throws Obama foreign policy into sharp relief

The new policy reads like a microcosm of the president’s overall foreign policy

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The nuclear option and its fallout

The nuclear option and its fallout

Obama has been able to make his mark on the federal judiciary, but easier confirmations came at a price.

For Iowa Republicans, another Bush to consider

For Iowa Republicans, another Bush to consider

Ex-Florida governor Jeb Bush could inherit a political network that was built on his family’s behalf.

Obama commutes prison sentences for eight, pardons 12

Obama commutes prison sentences for eight, pardons 12

Grants of clemency part of an Obama initiative to foster equity in criminal sentencing.

Obama’s Cuba move opens a new political front

Obama’s Cuba move opens a new political front

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

7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

Cigars, rats and campaign finance

Eric Holder sets high bar on racial rhetoric for next attorney general

Holder says the U.S. has “failed” on race and police.

HUD union parties with the boss

HUD union parties with the boss

HUD came in last out of 25 mid-size agencies in the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings recently issued by the Partnership for Public Service. That leaves Secretary Castro with nowhere to take the department but up.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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In 2016 GOP field, Jeb Bush could be an underdog, a front-runner, or both

In 2016 GOP field, Jeb Bush could be an underdog, a front-runner, or both

THE TAKE | Can he take advantage of his establishment support without letting it encumber his candidacy?

The politics of the increasingly Democratic Cuban vote

The politics of the increasingly Democratic Cuban vote

Why this action might have been predicted.

Poverty among school-age kids is above pre-recession levels in 30 percent of counties

Poverty among school-age kids is above pre-recession levels in 30 percent of counties

The rate rose in 928 of the nation’s 3,140 counties. It fell in just 15.

The IMF’s perestroika moment

The IMF’s perestroika moment

How the IMF moved away from its rigid commitment to the Washington Consensus.

How ALEC helped undermine public unions

How ALEC helped undermine public unions

The American Legislative Exchange Council has worked for decades to weaken public unions at the state level.