Obama bets that the politics, and Fla., have shifted

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

After 18 months of secret diplomacy, a breakthrough

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

How will Cuba now justify its strict economic controls?

If tensions with U.S. ease, Cubans will increasingly look inward at the failings of their anachronistic system.

Men play dominoes in Little Havana. (Charles Ommanney for The Post)

In powder-keg Miami, a striking calm

The biggest change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in half a century has not yet incited intense outrage. Something has changed here over the years — and the decades.

Editorial: A bailout the regime didn’t deserve

The administration says its move will transform relations with Latin America, but that is naive.

Local News

Virginia lawmaker accused of having sex with teen in his law office resigns

Virginia lawmaker accused of having sex with teen in his law office resigns

Del. Morrissey (D) last week entered a plea on the count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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.

The Nats will announce an 11-player trade today. This is what it means.

The Nats will announce an 11-player trade today. This is what it means.

ANALYSIS | This deal, in which the Nats will give up Steven Souza Jr., displays the team’s strengths.

The federal government tweaks
its leave policy for snow days

The federal government tweaks <br>its leave policy for snow days

Agencies won’t grant excused absences for workers already scheduled to be on paid leave.

‘Oh my Lord’ it’s John Wall: Wizards deliver holiday gifts for the 18th year

‘Oh my Lord’ it’s John Wall: Wizards deliver holiday gifts for the 18th year

SPORTS BOG | The extravaganza is not a stuffy corporate service event like some pro teams.

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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.

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.

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.”

Stop denying a gender pay gap exists. Even Jennifer Lawrence was cheated.

Stop denying a gender pay gap exists. Even Jennifer Lawrence was cheated.

POSTEVERYTHING | The Sony e-mail hack revealed even rich and famous women are devalued.

4 Pinocchios for claim that 80 percent of Congress never traveled overseas

4 Pinocchios for claim that 80 percent of Congress never traveled overseas

FACT CHECKER | The Russian foreign minister calls Congress “a very special group of people.”

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.

In love, opposites don’t attract — and that’s a big problem for inequality

In love, opposites don’t attract —  and that’s a big problem for inequality

WONKBLOG | A study suggests that U.S. children will more likely imitate their parents’ lifestyle in the future.

Real Estate

Fixed mortgage rate sinks to yearly low

Fixed mortgage rate sinks to yearly low

The 30-year average dropped to 3.8 percent, its lowest level since May 23, 2013.

Federal Government

Government tweaks its leave policy for snow days

Government tweaks its 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.

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