Obama moves to normalize relations after prisoner swap

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.

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

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

Cuba deal opens new front on political battlegrounds

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

Alan Gross walks with his wife at an airport near Havana, Cuba. (Getty)

Months of secret diplomacy led to deal

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

What may change in U.S.-Cuba relations

What may change in U.S.-Cuba relations

GRAPHIC | The U.S. plans to reopen its embassy in Havana, but those hoping to visit will still have to fall under one of 12 categories.

Local News

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.

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.

D.C. leaders pursue Olympics without giving residents a chance to weigh in

D.C. leaders pursue Olympics without giving residents a chance to weigh in

COLUMN | It’s troubling that local officials can push a city to host the Olympics without public debate.

D.C. Council unanimously gives final approval to soccer stadium deal

D.C. Council unanimously gives final approval to soccer stadium deal

The deal for the 20,000-seat site on Buzzard Point will cost the city $150 million plus $43 million in lost taxes.

The Redskins are terrible . . . even
the Christmas decorations know it

The Redskins are terrible <span>. . .</span> even <br>the Christmas decorations know it

SPORTS BOG | Fan angst spreads — there’s a “team funeral” and anti-Dan Snyder holiday decorations.

100 sandwiches. 100 reviews.
In one afternoon. Burrrp.

100 sandwiches. 100 reviews. <br>In one afternoon. <i>Burrrp.</i>

GOING OUT GUIDE | Spanish chain Montaditos has 100 offerings. These are the 10 best and the 10 worst.

McAuliffe, facing crippling budget crunch and hostile GOP, lays out plans

McAuliffe, facing crippling budget crunch and hostile GOP, lays out plans

His budget would boost the job fund, increase day-care regulation and shore up teacher pensions.

What’s the proper etiquette for asking for a different table at a restaurant?

What’s the proper etiquette for asking for a different table at a restaurant?

Q&A TRANSCRIPT | The Post’s critic weighs in on your questions, rants and raves about D.C. dining.

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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.”

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?

Some conservatives push the right not to serve gays on religious grounds

Some conservatives push the right not to serve gays on religious grounds

Lawmakers say the gains made by gays are infringing on rights of those who oppose same-sex marriage.

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.

You might be surprised where those holiday pounds go when you lose them

You might be surprised where those holiday pounds go when you lose them

TO YOUR HEALTH | Hint: The fat fairy didn’t take them. Also, they didn’t just melt away.

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.

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

Former membership also has its privileges

Former membership also has its privileges

IN THE LOOP | Leaving Congress doesn’t mean leaving all the perks behind.

National

Report: ‘7th Heaven’ dad Stephen Collins admits to sexual abuse

Report: ‘7th Heaven’ dad Stephen Collins admits to sexual abuse

The actor acknowledged “inappropriate” contact with three victims, People Magazine says.

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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