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

Critics denounced Obama’s Cuba policy as overreaching and naive, but there’s growing public support to end the divide.

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.

Marco Rubio polls himself, finds he is 100% right

Marco Rubio polls himself, finds he is 100% right

OPINION | His fury shows why Obama’s move is good policy.

The last episode of "The Colbert Report" will air tonight. (AP)

Farewell, Stephen Colbert.
(And hello, Stephen Colbert.)

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

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    THE FIX | A look at the faux-conservative’s run as the leader of Colbert nation and a few of his brushes with actual government.

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    Son of ex-Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell charged with driving while intoxicated

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    Va. lawmaker accused in teen sex case to resign — then run for his seat again

    Va. lawmaker accused in teen sex case to resign — then run for his seat again

    Del. Joseph Morrissey, a Democrat, was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    Md. doctor charged with murdering his therapist may finally face trial

    Md. doctor charged with murdering his therapist may finally face trial

    A judge ruled that John Lutz, accused of stabbing his counselor in 2002, is mentally fit to be tried.

    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.

    From paragon to pariah: The criticism of Robert Griffin has gone too far

    From paragon to pariah: The criticism of Robert Griffin has gone too far

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    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.

    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.

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    The conviction, execution and exoneration of a 14-year-old

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

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

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    Real Estate

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    Fixed mortgage rate sinks to yearly low

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    Federal Government

    Government tweaks its leave policy for snow days

    Government tweaks its leave policy for snow days

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    Windy, snowy, rainy Christmas storm poised to disrupt holiday travel in Great Lakes, Northeast

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