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  1. Obama Administration officials saw 'The Interview' months...Read the original story w/Photo

    5 min ago | TheCelebrityCafe

    Hours after U.S. officials said that they do believe that hacker group behind the attack on Sony Pictures was backed by North Korea, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that the Obama Administration is still debating on a response. Officials told the media late last night, after Sony pulled The Interview from release, that they do believe North Korea supported the Guardians of Peace, a group that hacked into Sony's computers and leaked thousands of emails.

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  2. Top Islamic militants killed; more US troops going to IraqRead the original story w/Photo

    5 min ago | WIS-TV Columbia

    Two senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces. According to one of the U.S. officials, airstrikes killed a key deputy of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State militants, and one of al-Baghdadi's military chiefs.

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  3. It Was All Her Idea, I Tell YouRead the original story

    6 min ago | Balloon Juice

    Although President Barack Obama is taking the credit for Wednesday's historic deal to reverse decades of U.S. policy toward Cuba, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, she was the main architect of the new policy and pushed far harder for a deal than the Obama White House . From 2009 until her departure in early 2013, Clinton and her top aides took the lead on the sometimes public, often private interactions with the Cuban government.

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  4. Another Boko Haram Mass Kidnapping in Northeast NigeriaRead the original story w/Photo

    6 min ago | CFR.org

    Three girls, who escaped after they were abducted in the remote village of Chibok, are covered in white sheets as they attend a news conference in Lagos, June 5, 2014. Four days after the atrocity occurred, there is news that up to two hundred women, girls, and boys were kidnapped from the small village of Gumsuri near Chibok.

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  5. Jeb Bush Briefs Loyalists as He Weighs 2016 White House BidRead the original story w/Photo

    6 min ago | The Wall Street Journal

    Over filet mignon and key lime pie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gathered Wednesday evening in the Miami area with about two dozen of his closest friends and most loyal fundraisers to tell them personally about his consideration of a presidential campaign. It was more of a social gathering than political confab, according to some of those who attended, but the group is expected to form the Florida finance team for Mr. Bush, who announced plans Tuesday to launch a political committee in January.

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  6. Rand Paul Backs Obama on Cuba, Highlighting GOP SplitRead the original story w/Photo

    6 min ago | The Wall Street Journal

    The prevailing GOP reaction to President Barack Obama 's announcement of a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations consisted of anger and condemnation. But there's a real split within the party about whether Mr. Obama is making the right move to engage with the communist island nation.

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  7. Pope Benedict helped free American from CubaRead the original story w/Photo

    6 min ago | KWWL-TV Waterloo

    Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures... Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures... As the 2016 Republican presidential primary lurched ahead this week, no GOP prospect had a ride quite like Marco Rubio. As the 2016 Republican presidential primary lurched ahead this week, no GOP prospect had a ride quite like Marco Rubio.

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  8. Politics Counts: A Densely Clustered Cuban PopulationRead the original story w/Photo

    7 min ago | The Wall Street Journal

    Dante Chinni writes Politics Counts as a regular Capital Journal feature. Mr. Chinni is the director of the American Communities Project at American University , which examines different types of communities across the U.S. By sheer historical standards, the U.S. government's decision to break with a half-century of hostility and normalize relations with Cuba is very big news.

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  9. Chicago announces plans to build 88-story skyscraperRead the original story

    7 min ago | WAND-TV Decatur

    Chicago officials have announced that a Chinese developer is planning to build an 88-story hotel and condominium tower that would be the city's third tallest building. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced an agreement Thursday between the Beijing's Wanda Group and the Magellan Development Group for a $900 million project to build a downtown high-rise designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang.

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  10. 10 Tweets That Made John Dingell a Social Media StarRead the original story w/Photo

    7 min ago | The Wall Street Journal

    The close of Congress's 113th session marks the retirement of John Dingell , the longest serving member of the House of Representatives. The Michigan Congressman served for 59 years and was part of landmark legislation, such as Medicare, the 1990 Clean Air Act, the Affordable Care Act.

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  11. Video: U.S. Considering 'Proportional Response' to Sony HackRead the original story

    7 min ago | ClipSyndicate

    The White House said Thursday that it considers the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment a serious national security matter and plans a proportional response once investigators determine who was responsible. Sony took the unprecedented step of canceling the Christmas Day premiere of The Interview - a Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy about a fictional plot to kill the leader of North Korea - after hackers threatened attacks on theaters that showed it.

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  12. How Congress Could Stymie Obama's Cuba PlanRead the original story w/Photo

    8 min ago | The Wall Street Journal

    President Barack Obama 's plans to seek a normalization of relations with Cuba split lawmakers, and those on the opposing side vowed to use whatever means available to stand in the way of the policy shift. Mr. Obama said he looked forward to engaging with lawmakers on ways to further his policy aims, but top Republicans signaled they would have little appetite for a rapprochement.

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  13. White House Launches Task Force to Examine Police-Community RelationsRead the original story w/Photo

    8 min ago | The Wall Street Journal

    President Barack Obama on Thursday announced the makeup of the 11-member panel charged with examining the relationship between police forces and communities around the country. Mr. Obama signed the executive order officially creating the Task Force on 21st Century Policing, an effort first announced earlier this month.

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  14. Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bearRead the original story

    8 min ago | WAND-TV Decatur

    Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years. While he issued a litany of sharp rebukes against the West, Putin struck a conciliatory note on Ukraine, saying that the rebellious east should remain part of the country, backing a quick exchange of war prisoners and praising his Ukrainian counterpart.

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  15. Rand Paul: Trade with Cuba "probably a good idea"Read the original story w/Photo

    8 min ago | WKJK-AM Louisville

    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says starting to trade with Cuba ``is probably a good idea'' and the lengthy economic embargo against the communist island ``just hasn't worked.' ' Paul is the first potential Republican presidential candidate to offer some support for President Barack Obama's decision to seek to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba.

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  16. Stocking stuffers and over-the-top gifts for politicialsRead the original story w/Photo

    9 min ago | The Washington Post

    Some politicians got early holiday gifts from opponents, allies and voters. Some were big and some small, but all recipients should be writing their thank you notes - or gritting their teeth.

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  17. McCain: A-10 will live on; Fort Huachuca will growRead the original story

    9 min ago | KOLD-TV Tucson

    TUCSON, Ariz. - Sen. John McCain says there is a bright future in store for the two southern Arizona military bases.

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  18. U.S.-Cuba relations are finally moving in the right direction: editorialRead the original story w/Photo

    9 min ago | Cleveland.com

    President Barack Obama's decision this week to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba will provide humanitarian, economic and national security benefits. The sanctions that followed Cuba's 1959 takeover by Fidel Castro never managed to inspire an overthrow.

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  19. A Purdue professor speaks out about relations between the U.S. and Cuba.Read the original story w/Photo

    10 min ago | WLFI-TV West Lafayette

    Purdue University students interested in visiting Cuba may get a chance now that the U.S. is working to improve its relationship with the country. For more than 50 years, the United States has not had a diplomatic relationship with Cuba.

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  20. Obama signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checksRead the original story

    10 min ago | KOLD-TV Tucson

    By RICHARD LARDNER, DAVID RISING and RANDY HERSCHAFT Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits. AP's investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of dollars in retirement benefits after being forced to leave the United States.

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