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January 8th, 2015

Washington’s Slow-Motion Thaw

    The strangest part of seeing the Cuban embargo officially deemed past its use-by date is how long this took.

    I first traveled to Cuba in 1995, after convincing my editor that it would become a huge business story once President Bill Clinton normalized relations. Like many journalists at that time, we believed that would happen any minute.

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Trashing mom to help dad: McDonnell daughter bites hand that fed her

    In Virginia, 2014 was the year to throw Mom under the bus. Then back over her for good measure.

    And not just because we started out the year with an oafish attempt at sarcasm from Sen. Stephen Martin, R-Chesterfield, when he called mothers "hosts" in a Facebook post chiding Planned Parenthood.

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Port Strikes Mirror Organized Labor’s Roots

    Port truckers in California walked off the job in November to protest their dismal working conditions. Required to lease trucks while paying insurance and maintenance costs, drivers often earn less than minimum wage.

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Pakistan's answer to terror: show good news at bedtime

    Pakistan has a new weapon in its fight against terrorism: good behavior norms for the media.

    A parliamentary panel has endorsed a list of 46 guidelines for television and print media, including censoring live reporting and setting up editorial boards to vet "each and every news, image, breaking news," according to a statement on the parliament's website.

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Mistaken Thinking

    With all the brouhaha about police shootings and other egregious treatment it is a mistake to think that only those who look like us should be on the force. Of course every force should be some reflection of the community but the goal is for all to have respect and appreciation for the entire community. We all must have empathy for others.

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Hollywood, Women and Angelina

    Was Angelina Jolie unqualified to direct the big-budget World War II saga "Unbroken"? The movie tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, a champion runner and champion survivor -- of his bomber's crash, 47 days on an ocean raft and torture in a Japanese prison camp.

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FBI watchful as firms explore cyber offensive against hackers

    The hacked are itching to hack back.

    So say a dozen security specialists and former law- enforcement officials, who described an intensifying and largely unspoken sense of unease inside many companies after the recent breach of Sony's networks.

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End the Cuban Embargo for Good

    What did President Barack Obama mean when he declared that Washington will normalize relations with Cuba?

    Will they become the same as U.S. relations with any other country? Will all Americans be free to travel there? To do business with Cuba?

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Economic facts get in the way

    Uh-oh. Now that the economy is doing well, what are Republicans -- especially those running for president -- going to complain about? And what are Democrats willing to celebrate?

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A Flat-footed Backflip for Wall Street

    Congress, which had been so tied up in a partisan knot by right-wing extremists that it became unable to move, suddenly sprang loose at the end of the year. Before heading home for the holidays, it put on a phenomenal show of acrobatic lawmaking.

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