Cuba deal opens new front for political clashes

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

Obama acts to reestablish Cuba ties after swap

In addition to reopening the embassy in Havana, the administration plans on relaxing trade and financial restrictions.

How 18 months of secret diplomacy ended hostility

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

Cuban migrants attempt to cross to Florida in 2003. (AP)

Five decades of animosity dies quietly

The changes won’t heal all wounds, but it has fundamentally altered an artifact of American foreign policy that influenced popular culture and played an outsize role in presidential politics.

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

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

Local News

‘It’s hard to say goodbye’: In a marathon speech, Gray bids farewell

‘It’s hard to say goodbye’: In a marathon speech, Gray bids farewell

The D.C. mayor’s closing remarks come after a whirlwind of recent unveilings and ribbon cuttings.

D.C. leaders are fighting to host the Olympics — without asking the public

D.C. leaders are fighting to host the Olympics — without asking the public

COLUMN | It’s troubling that talks about whether hosting is worth the costs aren’t being opened up.

Here comes the sun — and a nice breeze, too — for a couple of days

Here comes the sun — and a nice breeze, too — for a couple of days

WEATHER GANG | Expect good holiday shopping weather for the next two days.

Arlington poised to close arts center
in Rosslyn after years of losses

Arlington poised to close arts center <br>in Rosslyn after years of losses

Shutting down the Artisphere venue would save $2.5 million a year, according to the county manager.

Montgomery County to examine handling of school abuse allegations

Montgomery County to examine handling of school abuse allegations

After two arrests for inappropriate touching went undisclosed for weeks, a public session is planned.

Md. ethics law doesn’t cover Hogan transition team member, panel says

Md. ethics law doesn’t cover Hogan transition team member, panel says

But the state ethics panel says the governor-elect should consider limiting a Purple Line bidder’s role.

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Despite bad economic news, Putin says Russia will recover in 2 years

Despite bad economic news, Putin says Russia will recover in 2  years

The Russian president tried to reassure his country despite a looming recession.

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.”

Threats, and no response: What it was like to be a woman on Twitter in 2014

Threats, and no response: What it was like to be a woman on Twitter in 2014

THE INTERSECT | Its policies forbid "targeted abuse." So why is there still so much of it there?

Farewell, Stephen Colbert. The giant ego was an act, but our grief is real.

Farewell, Stephen Colbert. The giant ego was an act, but our grief is real.

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK | Comedy Central’s blowhard was the perfect melding of satire and circumstance.

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.

Sports

Webster hopes third surgery’s a charm

Webster hopes third surgery’s a charm

After three back surgeries in four years, Martell Webster is working harder than ever to rejoin Wizards.

Real Estate

House Lawyer | How liable are condo board members for bad decisions?

House Lawyer | How liable are condo board members for bad decisions?

Rule is meant to protect board members from being sued because a homeowner is upset.

Federal Government

Federal government tweaks leave policy for snow days

Federal government tweaks leave policy for snow days

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

National

Warren voices concern about trade pact with Asia

Warren voices concern about 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.

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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