Report: Secret Service ‘starved for leadership’

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An independent review called for deep changes, including a higher fence around the White House.

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QUIZ: Can you match the Twitter bio to the 2016 hopeful?

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Late-night laughs: Greetings from Havana

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The Fix’s best political books of 2014

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The Ramones, ‘Havana Affair’: The Week In One Song

The U.S. restores diplomatic ties with Cuba.

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The trials and tribulations of prosecuting heads of states: Kenyatta and the ICC

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Why low oil prices could be bad for some states

Low pump prices mean low revenue for energy-dependent states.

Basically every person in the universe said goodbye to the Colbert Report last night.

Basically every person in the universe said goodbye to the Colbert Report last night.

Everyone was there. Even Unicorn Abraham Lincoln.

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Need last-minute holiday gift ideas? Uncle Sam is here to bail you out.

Agency gift shops help fill stockings with NASA freeze-dried ice cream, fed-themed onesies and more.

The Senate made a few people happy this week, but it’s high anxiety for others

The Senate made a few people happy this week, but it’s high anxiety for others

The Senate, when it closed shop, sent back scores of nominations to the White House to be returned to the new GOP Senate next year

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Here’s what Democrats and Republicans really think of each other

It’s nicer than you might think.

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On immigration, it’s the ends versus the means

A familiar dichotomy for the White House.

Gruber’s after-the-fact explanation of his Obamacare remarks

Gruber’s after-the-fact explanation of his Obamacare remarks

Jonathan Gruber gives an after-the-fact explanation of his 2012 remarks on Obamacare, but confuses the issue further.

What Obama can do about Cuba, and how Congress can interfere

What Obama can do about Cuba, and how Congress can interfere

A look at how President Obama can normalize relations with Cuba on his own versus what moves would require congressional approval.

Opponents formulate ways to derail Obama’s Cuba policy

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Readers speak on CIA interrogation, VA service

Readers speak on CIA interrogation, VA service

Readers praise and criticize Federal Diary columns.

Dan Pfeiffer knows how to keep a Cuba secret

Dan Pfeiffer knows how to keep a Cuba secret

The White House senior adviser ducked and dodged questions during a media roundtable in November.

Sen. Kirk suggests raising campaign money with screening of ‘The Interview’

Sen. Kirk suggests raising campaign money with screening of ‘The Interview’

This Republican senator knows how to really stick it to North Korea.

The political demography of U.S.-Cuba relations

The political demography of U.S.-Cuba relations

Analysis of the numbers can help explain the timing of the shift in policy.

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

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What do Democrats and Republicans really think of each other?

As the 113th session of Congress comes to a close, PostTV asked five outgoing lawmakers to give their candid thoughts about Republicans and Democrats.

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Obama calls in to Boston radio station

Obama calls in to Boston radio station

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Car salespeople: Still more trusted than Congress

On the plus side, it’s getting closer.

Oklahoma and Nebraska are suing Colorado over legalizing marijuana

Oklahoma and Nebraska are suing Colorado over legalizing marijuana

Colorado’s commercialized system “has injured Oklahoma’s ability to enforce our state’s policies against marijuana,” Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said in a statement on Thursday.

White House to decide on protection for sage grouse

White House to decide on protection for sage grouse

Administration officials said they will make the decision next year, despite legislation to block the move.

In Miami, they’re lining up for flights to Havana — as usual

In Miami, they’re lining up for flights to Havana — as usual

Miami calm after huge Cuba news: So far this has been a case of the dog that did not bark in the night.

Wash. governor proposes billion-dollar carbon emissions cap-and-trade plan

Wash. governor proposes billion-dollar carbon emissions cap-and-trade plan

The proposal faces an uphill climb in a Republican-led state Senate.

Why the Pakistani Taliban’s massacre of children reveals its weakness

Why the Pakistani Taliban’s massacre of children reveals its weakness

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Report: Secret Service ‘starved for leadership’

Report: Secret Service ‘starved for leadership’

An independent review called for deep changes, including a higher fence around the White House.

A month ago, top Obama aide on Cuba: Nothing to see here

A month ago, top Obama aide on Cuba: Nothing to see here

At a reporters breakfast, Dan Pfeiffer answered a question about Cuba policy and outreach and wasn’t exactly forthcoming.

Executions continue to drop -- as does the crime rate

Executions continue to drop -- as does the crime rate

A look at a longstanding argument.

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Comment threads are messy, but so is democracy

Pundits who complain about online comment threads exaggerate their flaws and don’t recognize their benefits.

Growing portion of FEMA disaster funding goes to admin costs, auditors say

Growing portion of FEMA disaster funding goes to admin costs, auditors say

Federal auditors say FEMA needs to do a better job controlling its administrative costs, which have risen dramatically in recent years.

Wyo. advances Indiana-style Medicaid expansion

Wyo. advances Indiana-style Medicaid expansion

A legislative committee rejected Gov. Matt Mead’s proposal, but endorsed a modified version.

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Not even a dead groundhog can keep PETA from honoring Bill de Blasio

The New York mayor wins a dubious award.

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The Associated Press just did something very smart

The AP is making a major play in state capitols.

Cuba: The landing strip for the drug cartels?

Cuba: The landing strip for the drug cartels?

Obama’s move toward normalizing relations with Cuba kicked off a firestorm of protest by anti-Castro hardliners.

No group was happier with President Obama in 2014 than Latinos

No group was happier with President Obama in 2014 than Latinos

But support from young people is also up.