Politics

  1. Hello, Columbus
    Matt Bai

    Hello, Columbus

  2. The Cuban spy at the center of the Obama-Castro deal
    Michael Isikoff

    The Cuban spy at the center of the Obama-Castro deal

  3. Clinton early 2016 front-runner — but 'barely': NBC News/WSJ poll
    Dylan Stableford

    Clinton early 2016 front-runner — but 'barely': NBC News/WSJ poll

  4. After Alan Gross release, Obama seeks to resume full diplomatic ties with Cuba
    Olivier Knox

    After Alan Gross release, Obama seeks to resume full diplomatic ties with Cuba

  5. Democrats go searching for a message ahead of 2016
    Jon Ward

    Democrats go searching for a message ahead of 2016

  6. Majority of Americans say CIA tactics detailed in Senate's 'torture' report were justified
    Dylan Stableford

    Majority of Americans say CIA tactics detailed in Senate's 'torture' report were justified

  7. Terrorist massacre of children ‘blowback’ from U.S.-backed Pakistani offensive against Taliban, officials say
    Michael Isikoff

    Terrorist massacre of children ‘blowback’ from U.S.-backed Pakistani offensive against Taliban, officials say

  8. Vastly changed electoral system presents risks and opportunities for Jeb Bush
    Jon Ward

    Vastly changed electoral system presents risks and opportunities for Jeb Bush

  9. Why Sen. Mike Lee needs to stay in Sen. Ted Cruz’s shadow
    Meredith Shiner

    Why Sen. Mike Lee needs to stay in Sen. Ted Cruz’s shadow

  10. Spin wars: How a bitter feud between the CIA and FBI stoked the torture debate
    Michael Isikoff

    Spin wars: How a bitter feud between the CIA and FBI stoked the torture debate

  • With Cuba decision, Obama hands Hillary Clinton a gift

    By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton knows a political gift when she sees one. She was quick to embrace the step this week when President Barack Obama, a fellow Democrat no longer having to face an electorate, relaxed U.S. policy…

    Reuters
  • White House releases snapshot of plan to rate U.S. colleges

    By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday released a draft of its plan to rate U.S. colleges and tie federal aid to performance as a way to coax institutions to pull up their socks. The U.S. Education Department will rate institutions on their performance, intake of…

    Reuters
  • U.S. Republicans look for ways to block normal ties with Cuba

    By Roberta Rampton and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in Congress searched on Thursday for a strategy to sink or at least slow President Barack Obama's plan to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba, drawing a shrug from the White House. They floated ideas to fight the Democrat…

    Reuters
  • Washington governor pushes capital gains tax in face of budget gap

    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday proposed a new tax on capital gains to try to close a projected budget shortfall of more than $2 billion, rolling back on a no-new-taxes campaign pledge. The proposal, which Inslee said would provide much-needed…

    Reuters
  • Secret Service report: White House needs a taller fence and more, better-trained agents

    After a prostitution scandal and consternation over how a fence-jumper at the White House got deep into the presidential mansion before he was stopped, the Secret Service needs to make sweeping changes like building a taller fence, hiring many more agents and stepping up their training, an…

    Yahoo News
  • U.S. Cuba Timeline

    President Obama announced that the United States will start to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba as American Alan Gross is returned to the US after five years as a Cuban prisoner.

    Yahoo News
  • Cuban spy at center of Obama-Castro deal

    Michael Isikoff, Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News

    Yahoo News
  • After Alan Gross release, Obama seeks to resume full diplomatic ties with Cuba

    In a move to wipe away one of the last vestiges of the Cold War, President Barack Obama launches negotiations with Cuba on resuming diplomatic ties five decades after they broke off. Obama's decision comes after Cuba freed US aid contractor Alan Gross.

    Yahoo News
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  • Obama: Jeb Bush Has 'Every Right' to Run for President in 2016

    President Obama says he “loves” the Bush family personally and that former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush has “every right” to run in 2016.But he made sure to praise his former secretary of state as well, adding that Hillary Clinton would make an “excellent…

    ABC News
  • Cuban Embassy Easy to Set Up, Cigars Harder

    So what does the United States have to do in order to officially establish an embassy somewhere?Not much more than change the sign on the door, even in Cuba.There are few legal requirements for a U.S. mission or other diplomatic building to become an embassy. Countries just have to exchange letters…

    ABC News
  • Ed Dept. releases 'framework' to rate colleges

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Colleges and universities have fretted over how they will be judged under a new college ratings system President Barack Obama announced last year would be developed to encourage transparency and affordability.

    Associated Press
  • Today in History

    Today is Friday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2014. There are 12 days left in the year.

    Associated Press
  • Protection sought for scenic California region

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country.

    Associated Press
  • 2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.

    Associated Press
  • FEC gets modest budget boost

    The election watchdog's 2015 funding level reverses years of cuts.

    Center for Public Integrity
  • Urban League parrots telecom donors' net-neutrality stance

    Civil rights group calls for lighter Internet regulation that would benefit telecommunications donors.

    Center for Public Integrity
  • Sex, drugs and political money

    Center reporter Dave Levinthal goes one-on-one with the Democrats' former finance chief on C-SPAN2 show.

    Center for Public Integrity