With Cuba deal, U.S. aims to influence events in island’s post-Castro future

(Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Obama’s new approach reflects a conclusion that instability is not in the United States’ best interests.

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De Blasio urges halt to protests until after burials

The New York mayor called for unity and urged the residents of the tension-ridden city to “put aside political debates and protests” and to focus on supporting the officers’ families.

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The Fix’s best political stories of 2014

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Single-payer is dead -- except not at all for young voters

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Bill Clinton needs some social media help. So we asked an expert.

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The key question. Answered.

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Racial concerns approach highest point since Civil Rights era

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Nonprofit contracting official indicted on bribery charges

Nonprofit contracting official indicted on bribery charges

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The popular fact checks of 2014

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National digest: Dec. 22, 2014

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Hillary Clinton *drops* to a 49-point lead for the Democrats’ 2016 nomination

Nobody can touch the former secretary of state yet.

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Obama chastises Sony, vows to retaliate against N. Korea

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Obama gives federal workers a modest pay raise

The 1% increase is small compared with those given in past presidential administrations.

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N.Y. officer arrested after being videotaped assaulting teen

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Obama shakes off resignation of recent public appearances

He cracks jokes and says he’s “energized” as he enters “the fourth quarter” of his presidency.

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Supreme Court allows same-sex marriages in Florida

A federal judge had previously struck down a state ban, and without Supreme Court intervention, same-sex marriage licenses could be issued starting Jan. 6.

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State Department warns travelers about worldwide terror threat

Nothing like spreading a little holiday fear.

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

Rum, James Flacco and media errors.

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Fact-checking Obama’s press conference jobs claims

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