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'Savior of the nation'

56 minutes agoNews : The Newsroom

MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost about half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah.

The Senate Drone Report of 2019

Looking Back on Washington’s War on Terror Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com It was December 6, 2019, three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress. That day, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate...Show More Summary

Vladimir Putin in jeopardy on all sides as Russia’s economy stumbles

3 hours agoNews : The Great Debate

What a difference a plunging ruble makes. A few short days ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin was a strategic genius, outplaying Western leaders everywhere – in the Middle East, in China, and especially in Ukraine. Today, he's the destroyer of his country and his political life could be in jeopardy.

The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

Good morning! Here's what you need to know for Thursday. 1. A second day of mourning is being held for the victims of the Taliban attack on a Peshawar school. 2. Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold his annual end-of-the-year conference at 9 a.m. Show More Summary

Obama's historic shift on Cuba

13 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Citing a half-century of failed policy, President Obama on Wednesday announced that he intends to normalize relations with Cuba, mending a rupture that dates to the chilliest days of the Cold War. While the move to restore diplomatic ties should not be taken as support for the Castro regime's...

How Scott Pelley Made It to Cuba Just in Time for ‘The CBS Evening News’

They gambled, and it paid off. On the day President Obama announced he would move forward with talks aimed at normalizing relations with Cuba, “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley stunned many observers when he appeared–looking crisp in a suit and tie–in Havana, the only evening news anchor on the island Wednesday night. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Praises Obama's Cuba Deal

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement on Wednesday evening expressing her "support" for the major shift in US policy towards Cuba that President Barack Obama announced earlier in the day. Clinton, who is widely...Show More Summary

David Muir Asks Obama If He Will Visit Cuba In ABC News Exclusive – Video

ABC News' David Muir snagged an exclusive with President Obama on the day the president announced a major shift in the country's policy toward Cuba. Muir asked if Obama would visit Cuba while in office.  Obama reacted…

From The Upshot: When J.F.K. Secretly Reached Out to Castro

A meeting just a few days before the president’s assassination.

6 Things You Should Know About the US-Cuba Breakthrough

In a stunning display of mic-dropping, post-midterm comeback, days before the holiday recess set in, President Obama announced the first massive thaw in tensions between the United States and Cuba in over half a century.

Robin Williams' Son Zak Opens Up On His Death

Robin Williams‘ son Zak still misses him dearly – Entertainment Weekly Charlie Sheen is going to reprise his Ferris Bueller’s Day Off role- Gossip Cop Demi Lovato just got a cute puppy- Just Jared Jr What is President Obama‘s favorite movie of the year?- Huffington Post Who is celebrating their birthday today?- DListed Luci Ford [...]

There’s an inexorable feeling that the next election will be just like 1992

Will the next US Presidential election could well be Bush v Clinton, again? The big news in last day was this tweet I am excited to announce I will actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States: https://t.co/luY4lCF2cA. — Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 16, 2014 Back in February I advised backing […]

Just a reminder that Cuba’s Fidel Castro never tried out for the Yankees or Senators

20 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Fidel Castro’s name will undoubtedly come up a bunch in coming days, now that the United States plans to normalize relations with Cuba. The former Cuban president was a thorn in America’s side for decades. But here’s one Castro story that hopefully won’t be repeated: The one about Castro getting a tryout with the New […]

The Poetry Foundation’s 2014 Staff Book Picks

As the year winds down, after another 365 days of incredible poetry publishing by presses large and small, some members of our staff have highlighted a few of their favorite poetry titles of 2014. Robert Polito, President of the Poetry Foundation I served as a judge for the National Book Awards, so some of […]

Obama: This Is A 'New Chapter Among The Nations Of The Americas'

As a child of the Cold War, I am absolutely thrilled to see this day: Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama announced Wednesday plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease economic restrictions on the nation, a policy...Show More Summary

A Definite End to Indefinite Detention Is Within Reach

This piece originally appeared in Foreign Policy on December 10, 2014. On his first full day in office as president, Barack Obama signed an executive order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Nearly six years later, his administration has finally begun delivering on its promise. Show More Summary

Congress extends dozens of tax breaks

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

The US Senate approved a sweeping package of tax breaks, sending to President Barack Obama a bill that allows individuals and corporations to save billions of dollars on their 2014 taxes. On the Senate’s final day of the year, lawmakers passed some 55 so-called tax extenders, deductions that...

Obama 'Eagerly' Awaits 17-Day Hawaii Christmas Vacation

The White House has announced that President Obama and his family will spend another Christmas vacation in Hawaii. The Obamas will leave Washington, D.C. for 17 days on Friday, December 19 and will return on January 4, said spokesman Josh Earnest. Show More Summary

President Obama's abysmal, legacy-killing response to the CIA torture report

In a remarkable coincidence, the government of Brazil released its own official torture report last week, only a few days after the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee published its findings on the CIA's use of torture during the Bush era. Show More Summary

One in five women in college sexually assaulted: an update

“We know the numbers: one in five of every one of those young women who is dropped off for that first day of school, before they finish school, will be assaulted, will be assaulted in her college years.” –Vice President Biden, remarks on the release of a White House report on sexual assault, April 29, […]

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